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Published in association with the Imperial War Museum, to coincide with their major exhibition, and including a foreword by Jilly Cooper. From the First World War to the present day, animals have played a key part in warfare – and many have suffered and died as a result. Juliet Gardiner's book is a moving tribute to their efforts and sacrifice – illustrated with hundreds of evocative photographs and paintings. Many different animals have played a role on the battlefield – horses and mules carrying supplies and munitions; dogs, like Buster in Iraq, seeking out ammo dumps; canaries trained by tunnellers to detect gas; carrier pigeons sending messages, like Gustav who flew back with the first reports of the D-Day landings; camels used in the Arab Revolt in the First World War; and dolphins trained to protect submarines.
Juliet Gardiner was editor of History Today before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of twelve books, including The 1940s House, and editor of the Penguin Dictionary of British History. Her most recent book The Children's War was published by Piatkus in March 2005.