Animals in War–Valiant Horses, Courageous Dogs, and Other Unsung Animal Heroes by Jilly Cooper
If you are expecting stories about Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin, don't buy this book. Published to coincide with an exhibition about animals in war at the London Imperial War Museum, this was written in tears, not ink. In Burma, during World War II, elephants were used by the locals in building bridges and roads; the Russians trained dogs to carry explosives on their backs, run under German tanks, and crouch there until the bomb blew up the tank...and the poor dog. Pigeons wre used to carry messages along with other hazardous jobs under fire in all wars from 1150 BC to World War II.
5½" x 8½" 222 pages, index, illustrated, paperbound
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