We explore the contribution of dogs, horses, kangaroos and more during the Great War effort with images and footage in the Bridgeman archive.
Messengers and forms of transport
‘War horses‘ were heavily utilised in World War I transporting supplies and soldiers. Machine guns, however, took them down quickly and hundreds upon thousands of horses were lost over the course of the Great War. Dogs, thanks to their speed and agility, acted as scouts and for delivering messages between troops. Mail was also delivered by carrier pigeons as they were able to fly over the enemy.
Companions and moral support
Dogs, being man’s best friend, were the most popular pets during World War I and beloved mascots. Offering companionship and psychological comfort,they helped the troops forget the horrors of war and maintain a sense of togetherness.Other mascots included a gazelle, a monkey, a kangaroo and an anteater!
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