Animals in the Great War

Tanya Wynn, Stephen Wynn

Animals in the Great War looks at the use of animals by all sides in the Great War and to what effect. In the main, it focuses greatly on horses, dogs and pigeons but also addresses the war efforts of other animals.
Date Published :
July 2019
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473838048
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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Animals in the Great War looks at the use of animals by all sides in the Great War and to what effect. In the main, it focuses greatly on horses, dogs and pigeons but also addresses the war efforts of other animals.

In the early years of the war horses were, to a large extent, the only form of transport that was available to the British Army, ranging from use by cavalry units, artillery units as well others such as the Army Ordnance Corps for the conveying of ammunition supplies to men fighting at the front. Britain sent an estimated one million horses to fight in the war, most of them to France and Belgium, but only 60,000 of them ever returned home, and only then were they returned because of the intervention of Winston Churchill.

Dogs also played a major role in the war, especially in the trenches on the Western Front. They were used as mascots by the different regiments and in some cases, they were companions for homesick soldiers. They were also used for sentry duties in the trenches as well as catching rats, and they were used as messengers and to sniff out wounded soldiers in No Man's Land.

Besides their immediate handlers who looked after their everyday needs, there was the Royal Army Veterinary Corps to tend to their wounds after they had been injured in the execution of their duties.

Animals in the Great War explores how everyday domestic animals were transformed into remarkable wartime heroes, who more than did their bit for the war effort.

About The Author
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Tanya co-wrote a book with her husband, Stephen, entitled ‘Women in the Great War,’ an experience she enjoyed very much indeed, so much so that she wanted to try writing a book on her own. Her opportunity arose when she wrote ‘Kent at War 1939-45’. But she didn’t stop there, and soon after completing the book on Kent, she went back to co-writing with her husband, on a book about the 325 year history of the Royal Hospital Chelsea.The time she spends writing is her solace from looking after her and Stephen’s four German Shepherd dogs, who she says are all very demanding of her time.

Stephen is a retired police officer having served with Essex Police as a constable for thirty years between 1983 and 2013. He is married to Tanya and has two sons, Luke and Ross, and a daughter, Aimee. His sons served five tours of Afghanistan between 2008 and 2013 and both were injured. This led to the publication of his first book, Two Sons in a Warzone – Afghanistan: The True Story of a Father’s Conflict, published in October 2010. Both Stephen’s grandfathers served in and survived the First World War, one with the Royal Irish Rifles, the other in the Mercantile Marine, whilst his father was a member of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Second World War.When not writing Stephen can be found walking his for German Shepherd dogs with his wife Tanya, at some unearthly time of the morning, when most normal people are still fast asleep.

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