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Anzac Mascots

All Creatures Great and Small of World War I

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Authors: Nigel Allsopp
WWI, War Animals
140mm x 210mm

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‘The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.’Mahatma Gandhi

Animals have the power to change people’s lives. They can be loving, loyal companions that will never judge. In World War I, many Australian and New Zealand units – army, naval and air squadrons – had animal mascots. This thoroughly researched book containing a treasure trove of archival photographs shows that all types of animals served as mascots – a virtual Noah`s Ark of animals ranging from dogs and cats, rats and insects to bears and primates, birds and donkeys.

Anzac Mascots explores animal mascots, both official and unofficial, that served in World War I, and aims to illustrate their purpose, how they were selected, what happened to them after the war and, finally, the far-reaching effects their prolific use had after the war.
This book reveals that people alone did not win World War I; animals played a vital part. Animals, through their unwavering devotion and boundless affection, kept soldiers’ spirits high, provided a temporary link to normality and peace, and reminded what they were fighting for – home and country.

Nigel Allsopp

Nigel Allsopp

Nigel Allsopp is a world authority on canines. He spent 15 years as a military working dog handler in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Police, responsible for all aspects of Canine Operations and training within the NZ Defence Force. He has trained personnel from numerous government agencies – including Customs, Police, Corrective Services and […]

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1 review for Anzac Mascots

  1. Allsopp provides the reader with a background of mascots in military settings prior to the First World War before moving onto the animals and their owners in the Australian and New Zealand forces. The focus of the book is on the primary zones of Australian and New Zealand involvement, such as Gallipoli and the Western Front. While this misses those who served in Palestine, such as Brigadier Ryrie and his pet chicken, Allsopp adds depth by including
    mascots of people serving away from the frontline, such as nursing staff.
    Readable and interesting, Anzac Mascots differs from previous publications on mascots by taking an Australian and New Zealand approach.

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