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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye opener....,
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This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)As an established great novelist I was uncertain how Jilly Cooper would tackle the emotional task of depicting how animals were and indeed are used in warfare both past and present. The result I can confirm is a wonderful mix of both accurate and calm portrayal of facts along with a deep compassion. As an animal lover I already knew a little of the utterly horrific conditions of war for both humans and animals, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer numbers of animals involved, the depravation and terror that both endured. The reader is humbled by the sumpreme effort and unrewarded sacrifice made by animals (and of course our fellow man....) during times of war and also during military 'testing'. This book should be read by everyone who professes a fondness for our fellow species. Bravo, Jilly, for bringing these little known facts to our attention and may we never forget the incalculable cost of the sacrifice.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving tribute,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)Jilly Cooper is so well known for her racy fiction that some may have been surprised to see her tackle such a serious subject. But her love for her own dogs and cats is often written about. In one instance she famously said of a good looking woman that she had the face of a lurcher. Only a dog lover could understand that this was a compliment!
Jilly tells the sad and heroic tale of these heroes who had no choice and how they rose to the occasion one and all.
Animals in war gave their lives to their human comrades and the cause. I defy you to read this and not wonder at their spirit and generosity.
This is a sad read but also a moving tribute. Read it and give a home to a rescued cat, dog or horse today!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Keep,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)What a fantastic little book this is. I buy so many books from Amazon and once I've read them I send them on, but I'm going to keep this book. It's a very moving read. Some of the stories are very shocking, particularly around the sheer volume of animals used and disposed of without a second thought. I also had no idea that pigeons could fly so fast! It's also full of funny stories that will have you laughing out loud.
Thoroughly enjoyable - highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your usual Jilly Cooper!,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)An excellent gift for animal lovers and historians alike. I came across this book via a colleague at work and have bought multiple copies for gifts. I would especially recommend it for horse mad teens or elderly relatives who may have childhood memories of the war.Not at all what I would have expected from Jilly Cooper.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Updated Edition for a Worthy Cause,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)I read this book when it was initially published back in the early 1980's (the inclusion of the Hyde Park Nail Bombing forms a excellent introduction to the chapter on horses in war) and have been putting off buying this edition since it was updated and republished to raise monies for the Animals in War memorial, now in existance in Park Lane, London (I think).
With a chapter each for horses, dogs, mules, elephants, camels and even one for the Home Front listing cats and dogs far from the Front Line, this is an excellent book and a great introduction to lead to further reading.
Most moving for me, after the horses, is the chapter on mules. Or perhaps the camels. I can't decided! Yes, they kick, and swear and smell and aren't in the least romantic to ride or perch atop of. But the humble mule allowed himself to be dropped like so much cargo from the back of a transport plane into the Asian jungle battlefields of WW2 to continue service as pack animals. They endured having their vocal chords cut so they wouldn't give vital military positions away. They carried wounded men, ammunition, morale and the best wishes of the troops when they did to the senior officer what the men would like to so. Camels, well, yes, they bite. And spit. And are notoriously canktanterous (I may have spelt that wrong, forgive me!). But Lawrence of Arabia rode one and won the hearts of the Arab tribes to rise up and see off the German and Turkish armies in the Middle East and the Holy Land in WW1. They carried men, whole and injured, to and from battlefields. They delighted their riders when they they raced in informal Sweepstake races held out of line, and won the hearts of the men when the females camels gave birth to 'anthills on stilts' who toddled about during breaks in manouveres.
The chapter on the Home Front is no less moving - cats and dogs giving their owners early warning of air raids in both World Wars, police horses refusing to go down streets where incendury bombs drop moments later, even the parrot who, rescued from a bombed out East End house, declared in ringing tones 'This is MY night out!!'.
Many stories, some funny, some sad, some heartwarming. All make you think - read and enjoy!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good but often uncomfortable read.,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)This is a super book for teachers of history in the primary school as it gives a hook for understanding the horrors of war.
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals in War,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)This book arrived quickly, and although quite old, was in excellent condition.
This is a very sad book and highlights the cruelty man has inflicted to animals during war time. Jilly Cooper writes with huge emotion and conviction. I found it extremely hard to read at times, but carried on as I had to know what these poor animals went through.
I have visited the beautiful war memorial on Park Lane, London, which has been dedicated to animals in war. This was pioneered by Jilly Cooper, Joanna Lumley and many others, and came as no surprise that they had to practically beg for the money, but got there in the end. The beautifully in scripted words "They Had No Choice" were actually quoted by Jilly's husband, Leo Cooper.
For anyone who has not read the book, please read it.
For anyone who has not seen the war memorial, please go and see it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed it for class,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)I needed this book for class and I am so glad that I did. Really enjoyed it! Very interesting indeed!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating accounts of animals in war,
This review is from: Animals In War (Paperback)This book explores the ways in which the many diferent types of animals have helped us in war over the years. It is a small book and so is a quick read.
Jilly cooper has managed to look at a lot of information and put it together in an accessible way. At times it feels as though she is packing in too much but it does have positives in that you are finding out a lot during the read, which never feels to difficult.
Throughout the book there are many pictures which also work well on the kindle, which is how I read it. The photos lift the text and make the stories feel so much more real, good example is the pigeon loft on the Western Front which looks ridiculous now but was hugely important at the time.
Some of the stories made me laugh out loud, particularly the camels who will sit caly on a firing line but may fright at the flapping of a tent.
There were a few small niggles. Jilly Cooper makes judgements occasionally on the reasons behind particular situations, eg describing a group in Northern Ireland of being hooligans which is not necessary and dies not add to te book.
Overall an important reminder about how animals have been used by man written in an easy manner.
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Animals in War. s/h book,
This review is from: Animals in War (Paperback)Bought this book for a friend, I have not read it.
Factual account of animals that were used in wars through the ages.
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Animals In War by Jilly Cooper OBE (Paperback - 21 Sep 1984)