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Animals in the Great War (Paperback)

Military Photographic Books WWI > Photographic Books

By Lucinda Moore
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781473862111
Published: 3rd April 2017



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  • Mail Online - The animals that played a vital role during WWI, from rescue hounds to a pig used as a pillow! 

  • The Sun - An elephant who helped to clear roads and a dog in a GAS MASK…Extraordinary black and white photos show the role animals played in the First World War


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Animals in the Great War throws a spot light on the experience of creatures great and small during the First World War, vividly telling their stories through the incredible archival images of the Mary Evans Picture Library. The enduring public interest in Michael Morpurgos tale of the war horse reveals an enthusiasm for the animal perspective on war, but what of the untold stories of the war dog, the trench rat or even the ships pig?

Through unrivalled access to rarely seen illustrated wartime magazines, books and postcards, discover the sea lions who were trained to detect submarines, and witness the carcass of the 61ft mine-destroying wonder whale. Meet the dog that brought a sailor back from the brink of death, and inspired a Hollywood legend. See how depictions of animals were powerfully manipulated by the propaganda machine on both sides, and how the presence of animals could bring much-needed and even lifesaving companionship and cheer amid the carnage of war.

As the centenary of the Great War is commemorated all over the world, take a timely journey via the lens of Mary Evans' wartime images, and marvel at the often overlooked but significant contribution and experience of animals at war. By turns astonishing, heart-warming and occasionally downright bizarre, Animals in the Great War champions the little-known story of the bison, the chameleon, the canary et al in wartime.

It is another excellent book in the Images of War series and I have already recommended that my husband reads it as he loves this series probably more than me! Very highly recommended!!

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A curious and interesting book... A part of the story seldom told.

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Miniaturas JM

This excellent book is a unique celebration of the close bond of animals and man during times of conflict.

All creatures great and small made their contribution to the war effort. Everything from elephants to messenger pigeons are celebrated in this excellent pictorially-led book. Thank heavens we have these archives and picture libraries at our disposal.

Kennel Gazette

Editor's Choice

Here we are able to take a journey via these wonderful wartime images, to marvel at the often overlooked but very significant contribution and experiences of animals at war. By turns astonishing, heart-warming and occasionally more than a little bizarre, it champions the little-known stories of the bison, the chameleon, canary, dogs, cats, horses and bears among others. A wonderful book for any animal lover.

Highly recommended. 10/10

The Great War magazine, July 2017 - reviewed by Mark Marsay

Overall this impressive Images of War title has impressed me greatly and Lucinda has shown that whatever the improvement of technological advances during this period no one can improve the rat killing statistics of a small terrier rampaging around the trenches.

Freelancer, Stephen Johnson

A wide variety of stories in here and giving worthwhile exposure to many little known aspects of animals working for the war effort during WW1, and the way that they were used for political imagery in the propaganda war as well. A slightly different take on the Great War and an interesting addition to the Images of War series as a result.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

A SET of stunning photographs show how important animals were on the front line during the First World War.
Included in the astonishing pictures are snaps of dedicated dogs, cats, horses, mules and other animals.

The remarkable galley is revealed in new book Images of War, Animals in the Great War, by Lucinda Moore.

The Sun 30/3/17

A set of stunning photographs show how important animals were on the front line during the First World War.

The Daily Mail 29/3/17

About Lucinda Moore

Lucinda Moore is a picture researcher at the Mary Evans Picture Library in Blackheath, London, where she relishes exploring the archive and writing about the hidden treasure that she uncovers. A graduate of classical archaeology and ancient history from Oxford University, she has more than a decade of archival research experience. She lives in Kent with her husband and baby son.

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