When other attempts at communication failed, the battalion tried relaying word via homing pigeon. A bird was released carrying the message, "Many wounded. We cannot evacuate." It was cut down by enemy fire moments later. Another pigeon was sent with the message, "Men are suffering. Can support be sent?" but it was shot as well.
As munitions and food dwindled with both friendly and enemy fire continuing to rain down, the imperilled unit turned to their one remaining pigeon, named Cher Ami, in a last-ditch effort to get word out. Troops watched as that bird too dropped from the sky struck by a bullet, then incredibly take flight once again -- successfully completing the 25-mile journey to headquarters even after being shot in the chest, blinded by shrapnel, and losing a leg, delivering the desperate message.
"Our artillery is dropping a barrage on us. For heaven's sake, stop it!"