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Titel: Animals in War
Verlag: Corgi, US
Zustand: Very Good
0552990914 Very good. Few creases. * Quality, Value, Experience. Buchnummer des Verkäufers WARE81KR5060
Inhaltsangabe: Pigeons carrying vital messages to and from the beleaguered city during the Siege of Paris; horses and mules struggling through miles of fetid mud to bring ammunition to the front in the Great War; dogs sniffing out mines for the British invasion force in the Second World War - countless brave animals have played their part in the long, cruel history of war. Some have won medals for gallantry - like G.I. Joe, the American pigeon who saved 100 British lives in Italy, and Rob, the black and white mongrel who made over twenty parachute jumps with the SAS. Too many others have died abandoned, in agony and alone, after serving their country with distinction. 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'. This is a vivid and unforgettable record of man's inhumanity to animals, but also an astonishing story of courage, intelligence, devotion and resilience.
From ancient times, and right up to today, all sorts of brave animals have been drawn into the service of armed forces. Some have been skilled specialists, such as carrier pigeons and mine-sniffing dogs. Others have time and again shown their incredible resilience as beasts of burden, such as horses, donkeys, and mules. And still others, from cats to elephants, have played their parts as well. "This is not a pretty story," Jilly Cooper admits, and yet her pages are filled with sweet and comic stories, too, since front-line pets and mascots have brought humor, and true affection, to even the most desperate military situations. In a new introduction written especially for this first American edition of Animals in War, the author reflects on a dramatic recent example of the intrepid work done by animals in a battle zone: the efforts of the rescue dogs at the site of the World Trade Center disaster. (6 x 9, 224 pages, b&w photos)Jilly Cooper is one of Britain's most popular journalists, authors, and media personalities. Her latest best-selling novel is Pandora. She lives with her husband, their children, and several dogs and cats in England.
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