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“For heaven’s sake stop it.”    Pigeon message from the Lost Battalion, Argonne Forest, France, October 1918.

A Pigeon's Message From the "Lost Battalion"

One pigeon named Cher Ami actually saved the lives of nearly 200 men during World War I. NOT A JOKE. HERE IS PROOF: “We are along the road parallel to Our artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.

This is Cher Ami, a decorated homing pigeon who saved 194 U.S. troops in WWI, despite being shot down and losing one leg.

This is Cher Ami, a decorated homing pigeon who saved 194 U. troops in WWI, despite being shot down and losing one leg.

1918: Survivors of the Lost Battalion Near the Site. Major Whittlesey assembled all who were able to function, & the remnants of the composite unit marched slowly back to Regimental Headquarters.  Their ranks numbered only 194 from the more than 700 men who started the assault & the 554 men who had been trapped in 'The Pocket' five days earlier.

The Lost Battalion, Division.On October 500 men from a battalion of the Infantry became trapped and cut off near Argonne in north-eastern France with no food or ammunition.

Lost Battalion survivors. Only 194 soldiers walk out of the ravine Oct. 8, 1918 -the rest were killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner of war.  Maj. Whittlesey & just 2 officers (out of 46) walked out that day, each awarded the Medal of Honor for holding the command together under incredibly difficult circumstances.

Lost Battalion survivors. Only 194 soldiers walk out of the ravine Oct. 8, 1918 -the rest were killed, wounded, missing or taken prisoner of war. Maj. Whittlesey & just 2 officers (out of 46) walked out that day, each awarded the Medal of Honor for holding the command together under incredibly difficult circumstances.

Teaching and Mapping the Geography of the Meuse Argonne Offensive: Geography is War, A Case Study of the Argonne Forest and the Lost Battalion | American Battle Monuments Commission

Teaching and Mapping the Geography of the Meuse Argonne Offensive: Geography is War, A Case Study of the Argonne Forest and the Lost Battalion | American Battle Monuments Commission

One of the rare pictures of "Cher ami' by life.  Cher Ami is a carrier pigeon fanciers given by the United Kingdom, led by American fanciers and then given back to the US Army Signal Corps for use in France during the First World War. He participated in the rescue of the Lost Battalion of the 77th US Infantry Division in the Battle of the Argonne in October 1918.

One of the rare pictures of "Cher ami' by life. Cher Ami is a carrier pigeon fanciers given by the United Kingdom, led by American fanciers and then given back to the US Army Signal Corps for use in France during the First World War. He participated in the rescue of the Lost Battalion of the 77th US Infantry Division in the Battle of the Argonne in October 1918.

World War I in Photos: The Western Front Part II, and Armistice - The Atlantic

World War I in Photos: The Western Front, Part II, and Armistice

The First Battalion of he Infantry, the famous “Lost Battalion” of the Division’s Argonne campaign of the Great War, march up New York’s Fifth Avenue just past the Arch of Victory during spring of

The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918. Roughly 197 were killed in action and approximately 150 missing or taken prisoner before 194 remaining men were rescued. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Battalion_%28World_War_I%29)

The Lost Battalion is the name given to nine companies of the United States 77th Division, roughly 554 men, isolated by German forces during World War I after an American attack in the Argonne Forest in October 1918. Roughly 197 were killed in action and approximately 150 missing or taken prisoner before 194 remaining men were rescued. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Battalion_%28World_War_I%29)

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