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War Dog: The no-man's-land puppy who took to the skies [Hardcover]

Damien Lewis
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26 Sep 2013

In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home.

Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie.

By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751552755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751552751
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 2.7 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakable bond between a man and his best friend.

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In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home.

Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie.

By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely wonderful story. 2 Oct 2013
By zapbass
Format:Hardcover
Must confess, i'm not a dog lover. Nor am i drawn to WW2. My usual genre is modern military but what i read within the pages of Damien Lewis's 'War Dog' simply melted my heart.

It really is a fantastic read which portrays every human emotion between all depicted within the pages. Often heartbreaking, sometimes funny, none the less a true story of the bond between dog, master and eveyone who meets this wonderful partnership (except maybe the odd Policeman)
It is also a timely reminder of what sacrifice and horror the people of that time endured. Also, the debt we owe Robert and many of his countrymen for the perilous journey they made to join Britain and fight for freedom.

I will not spoil the fantastic adventure within this book by telling any of its contents but if, like me, you're not normally drawn to this type of book please, you must give it a go..........

It will melt your heart.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Dog by Damien Lewis 15 Oct 2013
By Pip
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
After discovering my Dad's original work detailing his and Antis' life during WW2, I knew I had to record it for the future. I typed all his handwritten notes and copied all his work.

Damien has beautifully told their story as Dad had recorded it and I know Dad would have been thrilled with the book. It is a tribute to Antis, which after discovering a handwritten note by Dad confirms that this was his intention.

I conclude that you do not have to be a dog lover or a World War Two enthusiast to be blown away by this compelling read.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War Dog by Damien Lewis 26 Sep 2013
By Nina
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Damien has done a wonderful job telling my fathers story as it really was.
Working from the original manuscript Dad wrote many years ago, Damien has retold the true story keeping the reader captivated. A book full of action, loyalty and devotion between man and dog, a very easy yet detailed read.

After World War Two, Dad and Antis unbelievingly experienced more death defying action this time from the hands of the Communists. This would make for a great sequel......
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I highly recommend this book.
Damien has done a wonderful job of telling the true story of my father and Antis.
It's a great read,full of action and very accurate as Damien worked from Dad's original manuscript.
If you like true WW11 stories involving Dog,s THIS IS THE REAL DEAL.
There is more to the story after the War so I really hope there is a sequel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WarDog by Damien Lewis 19 Oct 2013
Format:Hardcover
Started reading it and couldn't put it down until I'd finished. The harrowing times that the Czech airman and his dog Antis lived through during the second world war is heart-wrenching. Damien paints a vivid picture in the reader's mind of the story.
My only complaint is that their post-war lives are condensed into two pages and yet from the content of those two pages, it is clear that their postwar lives continued to be very difficult and with some horrendous and very sad decisions for the airman to have to face. I wonder if these 2 pages will one day be a new book so that we can read the complete lives of both man and dog?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a story....... 11 Oct 2013
By Dave
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the moment I picked this book up I haven't been able to put it down. Sentimental fool that I am I cried at the end of the book. If you're an animal lover you must read about this bond of loyalty and trust between man and his loyal companion.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars war Dog 26 Sep 2013
Format:Hardcover
Just received War Dog today and found it a compelling read and have almost finished it. Full of pathos humour and suspension. An amazing story of relationship between dog and man. Christine Major.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying but not sentimental 24 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book; it tells a story which is true, exciting and dramatic whilst shining a light on a section of WW11 that has largely escaped notice - the contribution of the Czech airmen who had already experienced their own war before escaping Europe and joining the British forces. The combination of brave man and brave dog is irresistible, partly at least due to the skill of an excellent writer: Damien Lewis has written an unsentimental but wholly satisfying account of the life and times of Robert and Antis. For a german shepherd owner such as myself - but equally for those who salute bravery and the bond between human and dog - this is a book to enjoy, reflect upon, and recommend to others.l
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Heartwarming story loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars One favour deserves another.
My attention to this book was drawn after seeing it in the Sunday Times top 10 weekly paperback sales list. I read up on Amazon and bought it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by K. McGowan
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed the way it was written
Really enjoyed the way it was written. I felt as though I knew Antis. He truly was a very special dog
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I absolutely loved this book. I wouldn't normally read war books but saw the picture of the dog and read the back and had to but it. Read more
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A most lovable story, interesting and I can relate, as I am an ardent animal lover - Well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Bought as a gift for my Dad as he likes 'War' books and he also likes dogs. Winning combo - he enjoyed the book.
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It'll make you laugh and cry. A really great story of an amazing animal.
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