Animals have played a vital role in warfare.
The history of animals being part of war has been around since ancient times. Whether they have been used as tools for important military operations to accompanying soldiers and boosting their morale, these fascinating animals have shown that they are as courageous and brilliant as the soldiers they work with in the war.
From our feathered pigeon friends to our trusty four legged canine companions, one is sure to find several unbelievable stories of these incredible animals going beyond their way to more than just fulfilling their duties.
Here are just some of history’s most memorable animal war heroes and their tales of bravery and camaraderie.
1.) Judy the dog receives the animal version of the Victoria Cross in London.
2.) Meet Sgt. Stubby served the US Army during World War I.
3.) Rip is a search and rescue dog sitting among the ruins of a building in London.
4.) This trusty elephant helps unload supplies in India.
5.) A fox keeps an airman company.
6.) Simon the cat keeps the navy men company during the 101 day siege.
7.) A German dispatch dog carries messages to the front line.
8.) Pigeons with strapped on cameras served as a reconnaissance for the Germans during the First World War.
9.) Russians send messenger cats to carry notes in the front line.
10.) Sgt. Reckless the horse served as an ammunition carrier for the Americans during the Korean War.
11.) A cavalry man straps a gas mask on his trusty horse.
12.) A dog poses with German soldiers.
13.) South Vietnamese soldiers use elephants to cross a river during their patrol.
14.) Meet Convoy, the HMS Hermione’s official mascot in his own little hammock.
15.) Camels are seen carrying injured men on the Northwest Frontier in India.