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Animal Heroes: Inspiring true stories of courageous animals [Paperback]

David Long
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14 Mar 2013

The PDSA Dickin Medal (regarded as the animals' Victoria Cross) has been awarded to just 64 animals, from the Blitz to present day, for their courage in times of crisis. Among these incredible true-life stories you will meet.

G.I. Joe the plucky pigeon, who rescued over 100 lives by flying twenty miles in twenty minutes to deliver a message in World War II.

Theo the steadfast springer spaniel, who served as a bomb-detection dog in Afghanistan.

Rip the trusty mongrel, who saved many victims of the Blitz air-raids.

Olga the courageous police horse, who bolted from the path of a flying bomb in World War II only to return to the scene and remain on duty.

These heart-warming tales of gallantry and devotion will stay with you long after you turn the pages.

Previously published as The Animals' VC.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099574349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099574347
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Book of the Week. Even the most eager historians will find their knowledge challenged by this new book about the capital.' (Evening Standard)

'It's a book I think everyone should have.' (Robert Elms, BBC Radio London)

'The best possible start for anyone who wishes to get off the beaten track and under the skin of the hidden city that is modern-day London.' (Guardian)

'David Long's intriguing alphabetical survey - an attempt to impose order on chaos - lists hundreds of little courtyards and alleys, many almost forgotten among the banks and businesses.' (FT)

'This admirably structured and coherent book draws attention to the uncontrived diversity in London's architecture.' (Maxwell Hutchinson, President RIBA)

'The photographs are enigmatically stark, the text rich in anecdotes. Long brings a genuine pleasure to his subject and encourages his readers to look at London with an unceasing curiosity.' (The London Magazine)

'A quirkier look at the subject...plenty of new places here for even the most knowledgeable Londoner to explore.' (Museum of London)

'Quite an incredible wealth of endorsement at the highest level should be given to David Long's new book'. (BBC Radio London)

'David Long tells the story of how a humble transport system rapidly became one of the city's greatest icons.' (The Spectator)

Fascinated by those strange, semi-hidden corners of London most of us cease to notice because we walk by them so often, David Long has been a writer since leaving a first class university with a second class degree in the 1980s. Whilst a columnist for the Sunday People he created a popular weekly cartoon strip which appeared in the Times, and continues to write for a wide diversity of newspapers and magazines both in Britain and abroad. Many of his most popular and best reviewed books reflect his longstanding interest in the less well-known aspects of London, its architecture and eccentric inhabitants - subjects, he says, which simply never run dry.

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"Heart-warming tales of bravery" (Daily Express)

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Heart-warming stories of the 64 courageous animals who have won the animals' Victoria Cross

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read 20 May 2013
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Loved it!!! If you love animals and inspired by their heroics then you will love to read this book. Their dedication to their owners was truly amazing. Those owners that took courage to allow their 'pets' to be loaned to the War Service took herioism as well - I couldn't do that with my dog. Nice short chapters so easy to pick up and read in short intervals. Brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Animals and birds in valient exploits 8 May 2013
By lacayo
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I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the wartime and indeed peacetime bravery of so many animals and pigeons. Some of their exploits were truly amazing. I had no idea that pigeons were carried in ships and aircraft and actually saved many human lives by flying with messages for many miles sometimes over water which they did not normally do. The wonderful tales of the bravery and devotion to duty of dogs and even horses, I found very emotional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories that warm your heart. 17 April 2013
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As a military buff and animal lover, I truly enjoyed reading the stories of these courageous animal. They not only showed bravery and tireless devoted work in their fields, but their companionship was a beacon of light for their fellow service members.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gift for friend 25 Sep 2013
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Many thanks for the book, being a mad dog lover , am happy to say the book went down well
My friend loved it very much on her birthday..All the best....Jane....
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspirational history of animals in war 3 Nov 2012
By docrose
This book tells the astonishing stories of each of the animals awarded the Dickin Medal, the animals' equivalent of the Victoria Cross. The tales are drawn together through an exquisitely written narrative to form a comprehensive and profoundly moving account of animals in war. While the book is profoundly moving, the author writes without a trace of sentimentalism, preferring wisely to let the stories speak for themselves. The tales do not stand alone but are woven into a contextual fabric that offers the reader enough of the greater history to grasp the importance of the work done and the difficulties of the reality faced by the combatants. Hints of the greater historical and military knowledge of the author lie in surprising but pleasing detail, which add richness without distracting from the heroism of the animal protagonists. We meet Brian, a German Shepherd-Collie cross and qualified paratrooper, as he parachutes into the chaos and devastation of D-Day; Irma, a German Shepherd who together with a companion dog Psyche rescued 233 victims from the rubble of London; pigeons Royal Blue and Billy, both flying in aircraft that were forced to land in enemy territory, carried messages back across land and sea that enabled rescuers to locate the stricken crew; Able Seaman Simon, a raggedy ship's cat, contributed invaluable service hunting giant rats that were devastating the food supplies of the crew of HMS Amethyst, stricken on the Yangtze. Horses, too, play their part, keeping calm through bombs and fire, enabling their riders to bring control to situations of panic and chaos through the London Blitz. Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars christmas present 6 Jan 2013
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I bought this for my daughter who has already done 2 tours of Afghanistan she loved it and began reading it on Christmas day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 8 Jan 2014
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I ordered this for my Mum she loved it and it has now been passed around her many friends great easy read book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Animals VC 27 Dec 2013
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A very interesting book, having previously only vaguely heard of the Dickin medal.The many animals and birds were truly courageous
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