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Judy: A Dog in a Million: The Heartwarming Story of WWII's Only Animal Prisoner of War [Paperback]

Damien Lewis
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5 Jun 2014
Judy, a beautiful liver and white English pointer, and the only animal POW of WWII, truly was a dog in a million, cherished and adored by the British, Australian, American and other Allied servicemen who fought to survive alongside her. Viewed largely as human by those who shared her extraordinary life, Judy's uncanny ability to sense danger, matched with her quick-thinking and impossible daring saved countless lives. She was a close companion to men who became like a family to her, sharing in both the tragedies and joys they faced. It was in recognition of the extraordinary friendship and protection she offered amidst the unforgiving and savage environment of a Japanese prison camp in Indonesia that she gained her formal status as a POW. Judy's unique combination of courage, kindness and fun repaid that honour a thousand times over and her incredible story is one of the most heartwarming and inspiring tales you will ever read.


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc; UK airports ed edition (5 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848665423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848665422
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The extraordinary story of the only animal POW held during the Second World War' Sunday Times. 'The dog of war whose sixth sense saved hundreds of British lives' Mail on Sunday. 'One of the most famous animals of the Second World War' Daily Express.

About the Author

Damien Lewis has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster and conflict zones around the world. He has written a dozen non-fiction and fiction books, topping bestseller lists worldwide, and is published in some thirty languages. Two of his books are being made into feature films.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Judy was indeed a most extraordinary dog by whatever standards - even by human standards - that one cares to judge. Born in the mid-thirties, she spent most of her life among troops aboard ships. In the West, we think of WW 2 as starting in 1939, but it seems that Japan started aggression against China a little earlier - and Judy was on board from quite early on.

I learned a lot of things from this book. I didn't know that troop ships habitually had animals (not always dogs) on board, partly to keep up morale but also because some animals could perform other useful tasks. Those other tasks mean that dogs are often chosen as the on-board animal, but other animals have sometimes been chosen instead. It seems that the people who selected Judy were particularly fortunate in their choice. As I know from following horse racing, a potential owner can choose from young animals on whatever criteria they like, but it's no guarantee that the chosen animal lives up to expectations. Judy far exceeded expectations, ending up as a champion, with a medal equivalent to the Victoria Cross to prove it.

The author tells Judy's story and how effective she was at warning troops of impending danger, discussing various incidents in which risked her life for them, as well as other incidents in which the troops risked their lives for her, It seems that both dog and troops were willing to take these risks because each was heavily dependent on the other. The troops quickly leaned to take Judy's barking seriously, especially when it was incessant. She even fooled the enemy once after realizing that her own men were in danger from the Japanese. In a desperate effort to distract the enemy, she resorted to incessant barking, perhaps implying that a tiger was nearby.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A story not to be missed. 26 May 2014
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A brilliant book, telling a poignant story of hope and courage and the unique bond between man and dog under extreme conditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personal memory of Judy 1 July 2014
By David
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When I was about five, I was taken to London by my Mother and walking down Oxford Street we were stopped by the PDSA and asked if they could take a photograph of me with this dog, , which happened to be Judy, I have always wanted to get more details of her as I knew only that she was a war dog .
I still have that Photograph and I am very proud of it ,Judy was an old lady by this time but she still had a sparkle in her eyes
Thank you Mr Lewis for for this most memorable book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Judy: A Dog in a million. A brilliant read. 16 Jun 2014
By Nina
Format:Hardcover
I have just finished reading this harrowing yet at times uplifting story of trust, faith and camaraderie between a wonderful dog and so many men. Damien Lewis has done a thorough job researching, in fact I have ordered one of the books he used to find out more about what these poor POW's endured at the hands of the Japanese during WWll. A wonderful book, as good as his other best seller, War Dog.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration 21 Jun 2014
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A wonderful book. Judy certainly deserved her medal. She definitely was a dog in a million.
Once in a lifetime a dog comes into your life that is special and unforgettable. Judy saved so many lives because of her courage in a horrendous situation. Loyalty is an amazing thing. God bless you beautiful girl.
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3.0 out of 5 stars judy -what a story! 22 Jun 2014
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A Wonderful and incredible story. Couldn't put the book down until I had finished reading it. Excellent reading. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars review 20 Jun 2014
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Still reading it but it is so inspirational I love it, very worth buying and I will probably read it a few times over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to put down 24 July 2014
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A lovely book about a very special dog - for history & dog-lovers alike. I don't normally read books of a historical nature but being a dog-lover was drawn to this & thoroughly enjoyed & found it difficult to put down. Obviously sad & shocking in places it is a heartwarming story as the title says.
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