Remember the WWII carrier pigeon found mummified last month in a chimney being repaired in Surrey?
It seems that the coded message from Sgt. Scott in Normandy has already been deciphered.
A Canadian World War II enthusiast says that he has deciphered the message after realizing that a code book held the key to the encryption. Gord Young, editor for the history group Lakefield Heritage Research, says the 1944 note uses a simple World War I code to give information about German troop positions in the area around Normandy, France. …
Young, however, said that the code is not complex, and that people who are trying to decrypt it are â€œover thinking.â€
The code, according to Youngâ€™s account, belonged to 27-year-old Sgt William Scott, who was placed in Normandy to report on German positions. Scott was killed a few weeks later and buried in a Normandy war cemetery. …
According to Young, the decrypted message reads:
â€œArtillery observer at â€˜Kâ€™ Sector, Normandy. Requested headquarters supplement report. Panzer attack â€“ blitz. West Artillery Observer Tracking Attack.
â€œLt Knows extra guns are here. Know where local dispatch station is. Determined where Jerryâ€™s headquarters front posts. Right battery headquarters right here.
â€œFound headquarters infantry right here. Final note, confirming, found Jerryâ€™s whereabouts. Go over field notes. Counter measures against Panzers not working.
â€œJerryâ€™s right battery central headquarters here. Artillery observer at â€˜Kâ€™ sector Normandy. Mortar, infantry attack panzers.
â€œHit Jerryâ€™s Right or Reserve Battery Here. Already know electrical engineers headquarters. Troops, panzers, batteries, engineers, here. Final note known to headquarters.â€