What an exciting bit of news!
A Canadian history buff appears to have cracked Sgt Stott’s coded message which was found strapped to what remained of the leg of a carrier pigeon after being found in a chimney in Surrey recently. (ABC News)
Today I find that in early December a man named Gordon Young claims it only took 17 minutes to crack the code using his Grandfathers World War 1 code book.
Among other things Mr Young says the message identified German troop and Panzer tank positions and pointed out the location of headquarters and observation posts to target for attacks.
The above link leads to a copy of the letter sent to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, detailing the message contents and questioning why the Imperial War Museum didn’t have copies of the code books themselves.
I wonder the same thing myself! When the authorities question the accuracy of the deciphering I can only think that there is no reason not believe this interpretation because, really, what other methods are going to be used? Maybe they should have hung on to their copies of the old code books too….