Museum of Animals in War

Museum of Animals in War Museum for animal veterans aims to honor the legacy of non-human combatants who have sacrificed their lives in service of their country.

Photos from U.S. Naval Undersea Museum's post

Photos from U.S. Naval Undersea Museum's post


Sergeant Spencer Gwynne of the 10th Light Horse Regiment sitting on his horse as it lies on the ground in Palestine during WW1.

Many soldiers from the light horse regiments taught their horses to lie down, which was a very useful form of protection if caught in the open under fire from an enemy.

Lest We Forget.

Photograph came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM P01000.002.


"Even a short helicopter flight can affect a dog's hearing, resulting in impaired performance and inability to hear the handler's commands, which can hinder the mission," said Dr. Stephen Lee, senior scientist at Army Research Office. "This new technology protects the canine while on missions and can extend the dog's working life."

Photos from Did That Happen Today In History?'s post

Photos from Did That Happen Today In History?'s post


17 April 1917.
A British Army driver resting at the roadside near Arras with his two horses and dog during the retreat from the German offensive.

(Photo source - © IWM Q 374)
Consolé, Armando (Second Lieutenant) (Photographer)

(Colourised by Royston Leonard)


On or around this day in 1916, a mixed-breed terrier is born. The little dog would go on to become an American war hero—and the U.S. 1st Infantry Division’s mascot during World War I.

“Rags” might never have been found but for Private Jimmy Donovan. The young soldier had been asked to march in Paris’s 1918 Bastille Day parade. At the time, Rags was just a nameless and homeless little dog, roaming the streets of Paris.

Several stories are told about how Donovan and Rags found each other.

Perhaps Donovan was stumbling out of a Montemartre café after a post-parade celebration. He literally stumbled upon the dog, thinking it was a pile of rags. He was late for his curfew and used the dog as an excuse. No, of course he wasn’t going AWOL or breaking the rules! He was simply looking for the dog, the division’s mascot.

Another version of the story has Rags finding Donovan and following him back to base. Either way, dog and man found each other. And they developed a bond.

Early on, Donovan concluded that battlefields were not appropriate for a little homeless mutt. He tried to continue on without Rags, leaving him in a safer location, but Rags would have none of it. He followed Donovan and basically showed up on his doorstep.

“His choice seems to have been to be with Donovan wherever he was,” one of Rags’s biographers concludes, “regardless of the dangers or even of what Donovan would have preferred . . . .”

Rags went on to serve in multiple conflicts. Donovan taught him to run messages through gunfire—and he even taught Rags to salute! Rags figured out how to locate broken communication lines, and he learned to alert soldiers to incoming shells. He led medics to wounded soldiers.

A story is told that Rags once ended up in a surveillance balloon with reconnaissance soldiers. A German fighter plane arrived on the scene, forcing the soldiers to bail out. Reportedly, the German pilot saw that one of the parachuting men was clutching a barking dog. The German grinned, shook his head, and flew away without doing any further harm to the Americans.

Rags is best known for his final mission: He successfully delivered one last message, even as explosions tore up the earth around him. His gas mask was ripped off. He was wounded by shrapnel and blinded in one eye. Donovan was wounded, too. An order was given to treat the much-loved Rags just like a soldier, and man and dog were evacuated, together. Rags went everywhere that Donovan went—until it came time to board a ship headed home.

The commanding officer of that vessel did not want a dog on his ship! He ordered Rags left behind. Fortunately, another officer saw what was happening. He brought Rags aboard, hidden in his luggage.

Many members of the 1st Division worked together in those days, ensuring Rags’s safe (and secret) transport across the Atlantic. Against all odds, Rags and Donovan found themselves together again at a hospital in Illinois. Unfortunately, Donovan never recovered from his injuries. He passed away, leaving Rags behind.

Rags didn’t eat for a week. But the story doesn’t end there.

Major Raymond W. Hardenbergh and his family would adopt the war-wounded terrier. The story of Rags got out. He was given awards, and he marched in parades. A book was written about him. People left flags on his grave when he died.

“Throughout his life,” one of his biographers concludes, “Rags had proved of what durable stuff one little dog is made.”

P.S. The photo is of Rags with First Sergeant George E. Hickman. They are at Fort Hamilton in the 1920s. Hickman was possibly with Donovan when Donovan first found Rags.

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Warrior: the real Thoroughbred War Horse the Germans couldn't kill - who braved the bullets, barbed wire and shell fire of World War I.

Warrior carried General Jack Seely of the Canadian cavalry throughout the war and his bravery is documented in Warrior: the Amazing Story of a Real War Horse wrote by General Jack Seely in 1934.

Pictured: Queen Mary meets Jack Seely and Warrior.

War Horse Christmas Concert 2020
War Horse Christmas Concert 2020

War Horse Christmas Concert 2020

A spectacular Christmas concert in support of War Horse Memorial, featuring a star-studded line-up including newly-crowned winner of TV's Britain's Got Talen...

Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes

A digger with his dog watch for the Viet Cong during Operation Paddington.

The photograph taken in July 1967, is of Tiber, a Labrador tracker dog with the 7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (7RAR), on piquet duty with his personal handler, Lance Corporal Norman Leslie (Norm) Cameron of Kingston, South Australia.

Tiber arrived in Vietnam on the 12th of May 1967. He was one year into his tour of duty with 1RAR when he went missing during the attack at Fire Support Base Coral on the 15th-16th of May 1968.

Tiber was shell-shocked and spends days wandering aimlessly.

Tiber went into retirement in June 1970 and transferred to a new home with staff at the Australian Embassy in Saigon.

Eleven tracker dogs went to Vietnam between April 1967 and September 1971, but they could not return home when their tour of duty ended.

Lest We Forget.

Photograph and information came from the Australian War Memorial. Image file number AWM COL/67/0552/VN.

Pershing's Mud Crunchers

Pershing's Mud Crunchers

"Mutt, the YMCA Dog all ready to start for the front line trenches with ci******es tied to him. Chateau Thierry, Aug 13 1918."

I wonder if Mutt's prices were better than at they YMCA Canteen?

The War Horse Memorial

The War Horse Memorial

Hero Horse No 23 - Comanche.

This is a story that’s the stuff of legends…the mixed breed horse with unknown ancestry, who rode at the notorious Battle of the Little Big Horn, received seven bullet wounds, had arrows sticking out of him, and lost a lot of blood, but survived.

His story began in 1868 when the U.S. Army bought him in St. Louis, Missouri after he caught the attention of Captain Myles Keogh of the 7th Cavalry. His ancestry and date of birth were both uncertain, but Captain Keogh liked the 15 hands gelding and bought him for his personal mount, to be ridden only in battle. In September of that year the horse was wounded when the Army fought with the native Americans on the plains of Kansas. Despite his injuries, he continued to carry Keogh in the fight. Keogh (pictured) named the horse “Comanche” to honour his bravery. Records show that Comanche was wounded many more times but always exhibited the same toughness.

But the true test of his bravery came on June 25, 1876, when Captain Keogh rode Comanche at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer. The battle was notable as their entire detachment was killed. US soldiers found Comanche, badly wounded, two days after the battle. After being transported to Fort Lincoln, he was slowly nursed back to health. After a lengthy convalescence, Comanche was retired.

In April 1878, Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis issued the following order:

The horse known as 'Comanche,' being the only living representative of the bloody tragedy of the Little Big Horn, June 25th, 1876, his kind treatment and comfort shall be a matter of special pride and solicitude on the part of every member of the Seventh Cavalry to the end that his life be preserved to the utmost limit. Wounded and scarred as he is, his very existence speaks in terms more eloquent than words, of the desperate struggle against overwhelming numbers of the hopeless conflict and the heroic manner in which all went down on that fatal day.

As the commanding officer of Company I will see that a special and comfortable stable is fitted up for him, and he will not be ridden by any person whatsoever, under any circumstances, nor will he be put to any kind of work.

Hereafter, upon all occasions of ceremony of mounted regimental formation, 'Comanche,' saddled, bridled, and draped in mourning, and led by a mounted trooper of Company I, will be paraded with the regiment.

Reports said that all but Comanche were killed in the battle of Little Big Horn. The horse received seven bullet wounds, had arrows sticking out of him, and lost a lot of blood, but survived. Comanche died in1891 and was given a military funeral.

In truth, quite a few Seventh Cavalry mounts survived, probably more than one hundred, and there was even a yellow bulldog. Comanche was he was stuffed and to this day remains in a glass case at the University of Kansas. So, protected from moths and souvenir hunters by his humidity-controlled glass case, Comanche stands patiently, enduring generation after generation of undergraduate jokes. The other horses are gone, and the mysterious yellow bulldog is gone, which means that in a sense the legend is true. Comanche alone survived.

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For the Love of Donkeys

For the Love of Donkeys

JIMMY, 'The Sergeant', another war Donkey Hero who became a Mascot to British troops.
He learned to raise his hoof in salute by soldiers who brought him up. After the war, Jimmy raised thousands of pounds for the RSPCA charity.
He was born at the Somme (France) in 1916. Soldiers of the 1st Scottish Rifles were fighting German forces when Jimmy’s mother was fatally injured, just as she started to deliver her foal. The German side stopped firing and started to cheer as Jimmy was delivered by the ‘Jocks’ and taken back behind the British lines. From then on, he was adopted and looked after by the Cameronians who fed him tinned milk; when he became strong enough to do so, Jimmy was employed carrying ammunition, supplies and wounded soldiers. Jimmy saved countless soldiers' lives. Although wounded 7 times by shellfire he carried out his duties, and this dedication to duty earned him the distinction of being given the honorary rank of Sergeant, which was signified by having three stripes marked on his bridle. He was later honoured by the award of the prestigious Dickin Medal for bravery, the highest military honour for an Animal, by the Cameronian's Museum in Hamilton, Scotland.

Jimmy is buried in Peterborough and they still remember him.

Donkey and Animals, our voiceless friends...
They had no choice...
We will always remember them.

Did you know the commemorative flower for military Horses, Donkeys and Mules is a blue cornflower?

The Morning Feed

The Morning Feed

During WWII, the Coast Guard Beach Patrol covered more than 3,700 mile of coast and employed about 24,000 men. Patrols on horseback worked in pairs, riding about 100 feet apart, usually covering a 2-mile stretch. They were call "Sand Pounders" and were able to cover difficult terrain quickly and efficiently. c 1945

Baily's Hunting Directory

Baily's Hunting Directory

For today's sample social media updates for we offer the following images showing the training of man, horse and mule. The first image is a riding lesson on a 'wooden horse' in 1915. These images bring the series to a close unless of course there is a strong audience demand for more

The Quorn Hunt

The Quorn Hunt

Songster: one of the oldest & most decorated 1st World War horse, who enjoyed his golden years in Quorn Hunt country.

He was called up and paraded in Loughborough Market Square the day after war was declared in 1914. At 14yr old and just over 15hh was really too old & small. But his huge character, intelligence and bravery kept him and his rider Trooper Bert Main alive for the duration of the war.
He was known to untie himself from his peg during heavy shelling then come back to Bert when the coast was clear. He knew the sound of the trumpet for water, would take himself off to come back on his own and stand waiting for his nose bag.
After the war, Bert bought Songster from the army and his yeomanry commander Major Harry Poole agreed he could live out his days at his farm in Woodhouse Eaves in Leicestershire.
He would regularly hunt with the Quorn Hunt and liked to join the yeomanry on their annual camps. He drew a milk float in to Loughborough once a week with Harry then would join him for a pint in the upstairs room of the Old Boot Hotel. No one could believe a horse could climb up & down stairs, never mind drink a pint!
Songster died peacefully in 1940 at the farm aged 40. He was buried with his medals - Mons Star, 1914-1915 Star, General Service Medal, Victory Medal and 2 Territorial Long Service Medals.

Lest we forget all the sacrifices, human and animal 💜

Green Beret Foundation

Green Beret Foundation

Green Berets, our nation's Quiet Professionals, deploy and execute missions all over the globe specializing in unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense, direct action, counter-insurgency, special reconnaissance, counter-terrorism, information operations, and counterproliferation of weapon of mass destruction. They are deployed to over 70+ countries at any given time.

Many of their operational techniques are classified, but even on a night like tonight they still protect our Nation.

👻Happy Halloween from all of us at the Green Beret Foundation.👻

AJ Hydell's History Through Pictures

AJ Hydell's History Through Pictures

Circus elephants help to clear bomb damage in Hamburg - November 1945

Australian Light Horse

Australian Light Horse

Rugged up against the cold, two light horsemen pose for a photo. Herbert Hughes collection, Hughes served with the 1st Light Horse Regiment.

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Earlier today, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard, U.S. Navy Ceremonial Band, and the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) Caisson Platoon conducted modified military funeral honors with funeral es**rt for U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. David Hill in Section 75 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Hill received his Navy commission in 2005 after graduating from the University of Virginia. He arrived for his most recent tour in June 2018 where he worked as a pathology resident at the Naval Media Center San Diego.


Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب

Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب

U.S military working dog handlers in Iraq recently started a mobile blood bank for working dogs. The bank will allow for rapid treatment of injured working dogs. K9s 🐶 and their handlers provide security support to Coalition forces and our partners in the mission to #DefeatDaesh
أنشأ العاملون على الكلاب العسكرية العاملة الأمريكية في العراق مؤخرًا بنك دم متنقل لهذه الكلاب ، ممّا يساعد على توفير العلاج السريع لها في حالات الإصابة. تقدم وحدات الكلاب البوليسية كي-9 والعاملين عليها الدعم الأمني لقوات التحالف وشركائنا في مهمة هزيمة داعش


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