By Jilly Cooper
Jilly Cooper has written a tribute to the position of animals in wartime. From the pigeons sporting very important messages to and from the beleaguered urban throughout the Seige of Paris to canines sniffing out mines for the British invasion strength in international conflict II. A bright list of man's inhumanity to animals, and an impressive tale of braveness.
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The other equine success story of the Boer War was the Australian Waler. The product of thoroughbred stallions bought cheap from England and mated with local mares, the Walers were light but extremely tough, and used to carrying their masters all day on the sheep farm. They had no difficulty coping with the long treks, nor the shortage of hay and oats, or the shifting climate. Watering the horses: a Boer War situation which was not always as simple as it is depicted. IWM The Australian bushmen who accompanied them brought their usual cheerful iconoclasm to the battle.
Nor had the British learnt from the Crimean War that the hunter, the mainstay of their cavalry, though brilliant at keeping going at speed across country, cannot thrive on short rations and violent shifts of temperature. The only British horses which turned out to be tough enough to stand up to the conditions were those sent out by the London Bus Company. The other equine success story of the Boer War was the Australian Waler. The product of thoroughbred stallions bought cheap from England and mated with local mares, the Walers were light but extremely tough, and used to carrying their masters all day on the sheep farm.
One can only hope that our memorial will serve as a constant reminder of the literally millions of animals who perished in our service and for their countries and how appallingly we treated them. When people pass this memorial perhaps they will remember not just the horses and the dogs, but the mules, camels, oxen, elephants, pigeons, cats, canaries and many more. Even the tiny glow-worm guided soldiers in the First World War. Remember them all. They had no choice. ’ I asked. ’ Anna Sewell: BLACK BEAUTY On the morning of Tuesday 20 July 1982, a new guard formed by the Blues and Royals Mounted Squadron rode out from Hyde Park Barracks to take over as the Guards at Whitehall.
Animals in War by Jilly Cooper