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What impact did animals have in wartime?

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Jonatan Narrata

on 5 February 2015

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During wars, countries often use animals to deliver messages, to fight and to boost their soldier's morale.In this presentation I will explain some animal's roles in the two great wars: WWI and WWII.
Riding animals
In World War 1, horses and mules were commonly used for two things: riding into battle and transporting supplies. Horses worked directly behind the front lines to deliver supplies to soldiers.However, it was relatively uncommon to ride horses into battle, due to the fact that horses were rather ineffective against modern weapons of the time, such as rifles, artillery, and tanks.
After all of my research I have come to the conclusion that animals can often be more helpful then soldiers in the war effort, but only if they are taken care of. Many animals died of malnourishment, exhaustion and wounds, almost always because of their own side.
Sergeant Stubby
Sergeant Stubby was an example of a helpful dog.He was the mascot of the American 102nd light infantry and was the only dog in World War II to reach the rank of "sergeant", and boy did he deserve it. In World War 1 he not only saved his regiment from secret mustard gas attacks, he also found and helped the wounded! It is also said he once attacked a german soldier and held him until help arrived!
He died in 1926, getting a half-page paragraph about his heroics.

Even though there is not much to say about bears,I wanted to talk about Winnie the bear. Winnie was a bear bought by Harry Colebourn, a canadian soldier who named Winnie after his home town, Winnipeg. A.A.Milne, the author of "Winnie the Pooh", got inspiration from Winnie.
Dog's impacts on world wars were huge, in two ways:they could fight and could boost soldier's morale.Chips was a decorated fighting dog in World War II who took over an Italian pillbox and earned many awards. For further information, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chips_%28dog%29
What impact did animals have in wartime?

Canada's History Magazine October- November edition 2013
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