By Jilly Cooper
Jilly Cooper has written a tribute to the function of animals in wartime. From the pigeons wearing important messages to and from the beleaguered urban in the course of the Seige of Paris to canines sniffing out mines for the British invasion strength in international conflict II. A brilliant checklist of man's inhumanity to animals, and an astounding tale of braveness.
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Animals in War is a vivid and unforgettable record of man’s inhumanity to animals, but also an astonishing story of courage, intelligence, devotion and resilience. Jilly Cooper ANIMALS IN WAR This eBook is copyright material and must not be copied, reproduced, transferred, distributed, leased, licensed or publicly performed or used in any way except as specifically permitted in writing by the publishers, as allowed under the terms and conditions under which it was purchased or as strictly permitted by applicable copyright law.
I don’t know if they got anything to eat or dropped from sheer exhaustion. One morning when the retreat was all over, I missed them. That’s the sort of thing that hurts a soldier in war. A fine sense of priorities: the Albert-Amiens road, August 1916. IWM Another redeeming feature about World War I was that it was the first war which had the advantage of a properly trained veterinary service. In 1913, sanction had been given for a mobile veterinary section to be attached to every cavalry and infantry brigade to pick up sick and lame animals shed during the fighting.
Many of the horses suffered from harness sores and girth galls, and because there was no dubbin or saddle soap, the men improvised with bacon fat or bully beef. Later when there was time to put up makeshift stables, they were sometimes built over time bombs laid by the enemy. These exploded a foot off the ground with splinters striking the feet and belly of the horse, and sometimes completely disembowelling him. There were also two kinds of gas to contend with. Mustard gas arrived in shells from a gun, the least touch on the skin leading to blisters, which when severe led to terrible multi-coloured burns.