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1946 A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME

GI Joe may be in a cage at the Tower of London, but he is being hailed as a hero rather than a villain. During World War II, the blue-check carrier pigeon had flown 20 miles in as many minutes over the battlegrounds of Italy to deliver a vital message, saving up to 100 soldiers of the 56th (London) Division. For his “outstanding flight”, Joe is brought to this special ceremony on 4 November 1946 to receive the animal-only Dickin Medal for gallantry.

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"With the release of Victoria and Abdul, starring Judi Dench, we uncover the story behind Queen Victoria's love affair with India. From the dawn of the British Empire to Indian Independence, follow the Crown's tumultuous rule of the subcontinent. Also inside, get a blow-by-blow of the first mass tank battle of World War I, and find out how these machines have developed over the last 100 years. You can also meet the real Prince of Persia, Xerxes, and find out what happened after his infamous fight against 300 Spartans."
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