Book Title: Paddy the Pigeon

Details: Author: Seekamp, Gail

Reading Age: 11 - 13

Publisher: Pixie Books

ISBN-13: 9780954354411

Number of pages: 122

Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm

Retail Price: €5.99

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Book Details

Product Description
Tells the story of Paddy, a pigeon that won a Dickin Medal for his part in
the World War 2 Normandy Landings of June 1944.

Based on a true story.
The year is 1943 and World War Two is raging across Europe. From the Moyleen Lofts in County Antrim, a young pigeon is chosen for the National Pigeon Service. Thousands of pigeons are already playing their part in the fight against Hitler, but Paddy is destined for a key role.
…Read about the amazing adventures of this feathered hero, the only Irish animal ever to have been awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery…

Excerpt from Paddy the Pigeon
Chapter 23

…Howard took a deep breath. Any information of this sort was vital and had to be sent back to England immediately. Digging in his pockets he found a pencil and note-pad. The thin paper was over-stamped with the words:

OPERATIONAL MESSAGE – Telephone to War Office Signal Office, WHITEHALL 9400

Frantically, he scribbled the details on the message paper, adding his own name and the date – June 11th 1944. He wrote a second, identical message. Next he got two bright green message containers. These were also very light, made of papier-mâché. With fumbling fingers, Howard rolled one message into a cigarette shape and folded it in two. He inserted it into the tiny container and popped the lid shut. He did the same thing with the second message.

Now for the pigeons…"