The Animals’ War

Today we commemorate the National Service of Remembrance.

There will be some people who will also remember, and commemorate, the many animals that have also been killed.

The Animals In War Memorial is a truly fitting tribute to all animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in wars and conflicts of the 20th century.

Many people know little about this aspect of war and if you’re interested in finding out more on what is a fascinating, if mostly sad, subject then I recommend that you read Juliet Gardiner’s book The Animals’ War.

As well the more familar dogs, horses and pigeons I was surprised to see that dolphins and circus elephants were also used.


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16 Responses to The Animals’ War

  1. Jo says:

    The stage production of War Horse has had really good reviews and has brought the role of horses in the war to people’s minds. I haven’t seen it but would love to do so, I can imagine it being very sad though, and I bet The Animals’ War is too.

  2. Doris says:

    It is so incredibly sad that we involve animals in our wars. It is bad enough what we do to our own species! I hope the impetus to remember the animals that suffered will serve to remind us of just how terrible wars are in many facets. Somehow though I am not hopeful.

  3. wellywoman says:

    My grandfather was in the Royal Garrison Artillery and was with the horses in the First World War. My dad said he saw some dreadful things happen to the horses and it broke his heart. I really should get to see the play War Horse.

  4. That is a very moving memorial. I had watched a behind the scenes look at the making of the play War Horse and it was simply incredible.

  5. Carrie says:

    Oh Flighty, this sounds so interesting – off to read and learn, thank you xxxxx

  6. Carlie says:

    So very well said, Flighty! xx

  7. It’s a wonderful memorial and yes we should remember the animals that perished helping us fight in wars that were of no concern to them, being a horsey blog we wrote about two real war-horses this weekend.

  8. nikkipolani says:

    I didn’t know about this memorial. Heartbreaking enough to think of human suffering much less animals who had a lot less to say about their participation.

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