By Jilly Cooper
Jilly Cooper has written a tribute to the position of animals in wartime. From the pigeons wearing important messages to and from the beleaguered urban throughout the Seige of Paris to canine sniffing out mines for the British invasion strength in global warfare II. A vibrant checklist of man's inhumanity to animals, and an marvelous tale of braveness.
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Jilly Cooper has here written a tribute to the role of animals in wartime. It is a tragic and horrifying story - yet it has its lighter moments too: a hilarious game of musical chairs played on camels during the Desert Campaign; and the budgie who remarked, when carried from a bombed-out East End tenement, ‘This is my night out’. Animals in War is a vivid and unforgettable record of man’s inhumanity to animals, but also an astonishing story of courage, intelligence, devotion and resilience. Jilly Cooper ANIMALS IN WAR This eBook is copyright material and must not be copied, reproduced, transferred, distributed, leased, licensed or publicly performed or used in any way except as specifically permitted in writing by the publishers, as allowed under the terms and conditions under which it was purchased or as strictly permitted by applicable copyright law.
Troop RHA commented acidly in his journal of the Waterloo campaign, that the only way to make the men pay some attention to their horses was to make them walk and carry their kit should their horses fall sick or die. Waterloo had its own share of terrible casualties. In twelve successive charges, the French light cavalry under Marshal Ney crashed against the immovable squares of Wellington’s redcoats. Each charge was hampered by dead and dying horses underfoot, and grass made slippery by spilt blood.
Gloucestershire, 1983 FOREWORD TO THE NEW EDITION Animals in War was first published in 1983, sold very well, was serialized in the Mail on Sunday and attracted a great deal of attention. Now I would like to thank my publishers Transworld for reissuing it in this lovely new edition, to spearhead a campaign to erect a long overdue memorial to Animals in War. The memorial will be dedicated to all the animals who lived and died (in most cases) in the service of their country. At the time of writing, no firm decision has been made on the location of such a memorial, but it will certainly be in a prominent place in central London.