Moorcroft Cher Ami PLQ8

Moorcroft Cher Ami PLQ8

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CHER AMI Designer: Emma Bossons FRSA
Shape: PLQ8 (8” x 8”/20cm x 20cm)
Limited Edition 75
Cher Ami, translates from the French to ‘dear friend’. During World War I, this exceptionally brave pigeon saved the lives of the Lost Battalion of the 77th Division in the Battle of the Argonne, October 1918. More than five hundred men were trapped on a hillside behind enemy lines without food or ammunition. They were also beginning to receive friendly fire from allied troops who did not know their location. Surrounded by the German Army, many soldiers were killed or wounded on the first day. By the second day, just over 190 men remained alive. Major Charles Whittlesey tried to dispatch messages by pigeon. The bird carrying the first message, ‘Many wounded. We cannot evacuate.’ was shot down. A second bird was sent with the message, ‘Men are suffering. Can support be sent?’ That pigeon was also shot down. Only one homing pigeon remained, Cher Ami. She was dispatched with a note which read, ‘We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven's sake, stop it.’
German infantry saw her rising out of the trenches and opened fire. Cher Ami flew on with bullets zipping through the air all around her. Although eventually shot down, she managed to take flight again and arrived back at her loft at divisional headquarters in just 25 minutes. That precious delivery helped save the lives of a 194 soldiers. Shot through the breast, one leg shattered, blinded in one eye, and covered in blood, she had succeeded. After a partial recovery, the now one-legged heroic bird sailed to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally supervising her departure from France.
Represented in full flight, and spreading her grey wings as she rises from the ground, Cher Ami can be seen as the extraordinary bird that she was. Whether she knew the urgency of her mission or not, her legendary courage saved many lives.
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