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Remarkable photographs from the First World War show the animals that served in the war and the effect they had on the front line. One of the animals shown is Lieutenant Harry D. Colebourn's little black bear, Winnipeg (photo) - abbreviated to Winnie - to his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnie later became the inspiration for the A.A Milne books

They also served: cats, rabbits and even the bear that inspired Winnie The Pooh appear in remarkable photographs of the 16 million animals captured in the First World War

  • Images from the First World War show some of the 16 million animals that assisted and cut in the front line
  • Animals included spies, dogs carrying groceries, as well as horses and donkeys carrying things
  • Less well-known creatures in the effort were elephants dragging large guns and kangaroos that served as mascots
  • You can also see the little black bear Winnipeg from Lieutenant Harry D. Colebourn who inspired Winnie The Pooh
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Incredible photos from World War I show the animals that served in the war and their efforts to assist troops in the front line.

More than 16 million animals served in the First World War and were used for transport, communication and companionship.

Some of the creatures were pigeons with spy cameras, dogs carrying messages, elephants dragging guns, as well as horses and donkeys that supplied supplies.

During the four and a half years of the First World War, an estimated 8 million horses, mules and donkeys died, along with 100,000 pigeons.

Meanwhile, creatures such as foxes, goats, and kangaroos served as unit mascots and were cared for by the troops.

You can also see the little black bear that Canadian lieutenant Harry D. Colebourn bought, which he called Winnipeg – abbreviated to Winnie – after his hometown of Winnipeg, in Manitoba.

Winnie was the inspiration for the beloved stories of the British writer A.A Milne about Winnie The Pooh.

The incredible photo feature in the book Animals in the Great War by Tanya and Stephen Wynn, a look at the use of animals on both sides of the Great War.

Remarkable photographs from the First World War show the animals that served in the war and the effect they had on the front line. One of the animals shown is Lieutenant Harry D. Colebourn's little black bear, Winnipeg (photo) - abbreviated to Winnie - to his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnie later became the inspiration for the A.A Milne books

Remarkable photographs from the First World War show the animals that served in the war and the effect they had on the front line. One of the animals shown is Lieutenant Harry D. Colebourn's little black bear, Winnipeg (photo) – abbreviated to Winnie – to his hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winnie later became the inspiration for the A.A Milne books

A RAF pilot is posing with a pet fox in the cockpit of his plane in France. The cub, given the wearing of a collar and head, was attached to the 2nd Squadron Royal Air Force and adopted as their mascot. The animal gave his team both comfort and entertainment during the war
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A RAF pilot is posing with a pet fox in the cockpit of his plane in France. The cub, given the wearing of a collar and head, was attached to the 2nd Squadron Royal Air Force and adopted as their mascot. The animal gave his team both comfort and entertainment during the war

A RAF pilot is posing with a pet fox in the cockpit of his plane in France. The cub, given the wearing of a collar and head, was attached to the 2nd Squadron Royal Air Force and adopted as their mascot. The animal gave his team both comfort and entertainment during the war

Boston bull terrier named Sergeant Stubby (photo) was the only dog ​​promoted to sergeant and very decorated. An injury to a German gas attack left American pooch acutely sensitive to gas. With this newly found gift, Stubby was able to warn soldiers of an imminent gas attack, which he did by running around and barking

Boston bull terrier named Sergeant Stubby (photo) was the only dog ​​promoted to sergeant and very decorated. An injury to a German gas attack left American pooch acutely sensitive to gas. With this newly found gift, Stubby was able to warn soldiers of an imminent gas attack, which he did by running around and barking

Boston bull terrier named Sergeant Stubby (photo) was the only dog ​​promoted to sergeant and very decorated. An injury to a German gas attack left American pooch acutely sensitive to gas. With this newly found gift, Stubby was able to warn soldiers of an imminent gas attack, which he did by running around and barking

This German prisoner of war in a camp in Dorchester seemed to be in a good mood and was photographed with his companion, a rabbit, on his shoulder

This German prisoner of war in a camp in Dorchester seemed to be in a good mood and was photographed with his companion, a rabbit, on his shoulder

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This German prisoner of war in a camp in Dorchester seemed to be in a good mood and was photographed with his companion, a rabbit, on his shoulder

A cat is depicted while enjoying a walk on a ship's gun. Big cats were useful for catching vermin aboard all kinds of floating ships during the war. Cats, as well as dogs, were also trained to hunt rats in the trenches and wounded men in No Man & # 39; s Land

A cat is depicted while enjoying a walk on a ship's gun. Big cats were useful for catching vermin aboard all kinds of floating ships during the war. Cats, as well as dogs, were also trained to hunt rats in the trenches and wounded men in No Man & # 39; s Land

A cat is depicted while enjoying a walk on a ship's gun. Big cats were useful for catching vermin aboard all kinds of floating ships during the war. Cats, as well as dogs, were also trained to hunt rats in the trenches and wounded men in No Man & # 39; s Land

During the war, pigeons had cameras & # 39; s tied to their chest and were used as spies to do reconnaissance work on enemy lines

During the war, pigeons had cameras & # 39; s tied to their chest and were used as spies to do reconnaissance work on enemy lines

During the war, pigeons had cameras & # 39; s tied to their chest and were used as spies to do reconnaissance work on enemy lines

Aside from espionage work, pigeons were also worked as messengers, quickly taking notes from the battlefield to headquarters. This pigeon loft where the birds would rest after a mission
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Aside from espionage work, pigeons were also worked as messengers, quickly taking notes from the battlefield to headquarters. This pigeon loft where the birds would rest after a mission

Aside from espionage work, pigeons were also worked as messengers, quickly taking notes from the battlefield to headquarters. This pigeon loft where the birds would rest after a mission

These soldiers on the front line are depicted with a message from a pigeon leg. The winged messengers would often be the target of enemy snipers as they make their way & # 39; home & # 39; found

These soldiers on the front line are depicted with a message from a pigeon leg. The winged messengers would often be the target of enemy snipers as they make their way & # 39; home & # 39; found

These soldiers on the front line are depicted with a message from a pigeon leg. The winged messengers would often be the target of enemy snipers as they make their way & # 39; home & # 39; found

Camels were also used during the war, carrying food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to men at the front

Camels were also used during the war, carrying food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to men at the front

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Camels were also used during the war, carrying food, water, ammunition and medical supplies to men at the front

This image shows the Australian Camel Corps who used the animal in desert wars than horses and also less shy

This image shows the Australian Camel Corps who used the animal in desert wars than horses and also less shy

This image shows the Australian Camel Corps who used the animal in desert wars than horses and also less shy

In this image a soldier, who seems to be smiling, holding the chicken. Meanwhile, the soldier on the left seems to be grimacing with the rabbit

In this image a soldier, who seems to be smiling, holding the chicken. Meanwhile, the soldier on the left seems to be grimacing with the rabbit

In this image a soldier, who seems to be smiling, holding the chicken. Meanwhile, the soldier on the left seems to be grimacing with the rabbit

Australian units that served in Egypt (pictured with the pyramids in the background) cared for their kangaroo that served as a mascot for the troops in the desert. Fortunately for the kangaroo, there would not have been too much difference between the heat of an Egyptian desert and the dry and dry conditions in which it was used to go home

Australian units that served in Egypt (pictured with the pyramids in the background) cared for their kangaroo that served as a mascot for the troops in the desert. Fortunately for the kangaroo, there would not have been too much difference between the heat of an Egyptian desert and the dry and dry conditions in which it was used to go home

Australian units that served in Egypt (pictured with the pyramids in the background) cared for their kangaroo that served as a mascot for the troops in the desert. Fortunately for the kangaroo, there would not have been too much difference between the heat of an Egyptian desert and the dry and dry conditions in which it was used to go home

Indian elephants are photos that draw a large artillery piece. While they were slower than horses, elephants were stronger and carried the heavy burden on rough terrain

Indian elephants are photos that draw a large artillery piece. While they were slower than horses, elephants were stronger and carried the heavy burden on rough terrain

Indian elephants are photos that draw a large artillery piece. While they were slower than horses, elephants were stronger and carried the heavy burden on rough terrain

The images and stories about these animals, from the book Animals in the Great War by Tanya and Stephen Wynn (photo), view the impact of beings - big and small - on both sides of the Great War

The images and stories about these animals, from the book Animals in the Great War by Tanya and Stephen Wynn (photo), view the impact of beings - big and small - on both sides of the Great War

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The images and stories about these animals, from the book Animals in the Great War by Tanya and Stephen Wynn (photo), view the impact of beings – big and small – on both sides of the Great War

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