A commemoration of those animals whose bravery is an inspiration and humbling in its simplicity. Animals have always served alongside soldiers and many have shown outstanding courage in action, going beyond the bounds of training and duty to display selfless displays of devotion.
Among the brave animals Evelyn Le Chene pays tribute to are: Bobbie, a small white terrier, who was the hero of the disastrous battle of Maiwand during the Afghan Wars. Voytek, a Syrian bear, who served with Polish forces at the battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. Murphy, an Australian national hero, was a donkey who found wounded Anzac soldiers in the carnage of Gallipoli and carried them to safety.
Including maps, and a wealth of rare archive photographs. Delving into often elusive source material and interviewing eye-witnesses, where possible, Evelyn Le Chene reveals previously unrecorded details about these unsung heroes and diligently uncovers the true stories behind such silent heroes of human wars as Rob, the collie who served with the SAS in north Africa and Italy during World War Two and was awarded the Dickin Medal for bravery, and reveals, for the first time, the key role played by pigeons in communicating between Allied agents and French resistance fighters.
“For an animal lover like myself this book is a dream because each chapter is devoted to a different hero or heroine from the world of animals.”
‘Military Historical Society Newsletter’
“Tells the stories of soldiers and their animals… Silent Heroes charts the work of animals who have shown outstanding courage in action, going beyond the bounds of training and duty to display selfless displays of devotion.”
“The range of the book is wide and covers numerous military campaigns assisted by dogs, cats, donkeys and even a bear which carried ammunition.”
Ann Widdecombe, ‘Daily Express’