Animals in the Great War

Lucinda Moore

* New angle on the popular ‘animal interest' line


* Profusely illustrated with rarely seen original archival material; ‘history from the horse's mouth'


* Topical publication as part of the World War One centenary commemorations


* Gives voice to the quirky as well as the traditional creatures associated with the Great War


* Goats, geese, mon
Date Published :
June 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Series :
Images of War
Illustration :
150 illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Paperback
ISBN : 9781473862111
Pages : 140
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.5 inches
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In stock
$24.95

Overview
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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 unrivaled 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, heartwarming 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.

About The Author
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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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