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A different look at the front line,
This review is from: Tommy's Ark: Soldiers and Their Animals in the Great War (Hardcover)
A lot has been written about the men fighting in the First World War as there have been accounts of General's, eyewitness accounts of the soldiers and of course the historian's cold clinical point of view of the events, but one subject that is rarely mentioned is the little things that made a soldiers life bearable, the animals. Here in this title by eminent historian Richard Van Emden are the heart-warming tales of mascots, of animal tales of them facing the front line and how they all helped the soldiers of both sides such as the cats who would brave no man's land to go from one side to the other for food. It's a unique look at the war from a different viewpoint and it's one that can help to bring the men to life that were on the front, whether it's the English Officer who walked his lion round the trenches or the goats who were mascots to the tank divisions, there's something here for everyone.
This title is wonderfully written and whilst at times harsh it is a slice of frontline life that perhaps very few have ever considered. All in a great addition to any WW1 readers shelves and definitely something unique.