Museum to highlight animals in war

Man & dog

Man & dog - Credit: Archant

A NEW exhibition hopes to highlight the important work of animals in wartime.

From infantry horses to messenger pigeons and guard dogs, the Duxford Imperial War Museum is hoping to shine a light on the not-so-human heroes of Britain’s war efforts.

A spokesman said: “Few people realise just how many of our successes have been dependent on the skill and loyalty of our trained animal companions. It is important to pay tribute to them for all the work they do.”

Many animals and those who have had experiences with them on the battlefront will be in attendance.

One canine hero, Peg, befriended Private Conrad Lewis of the 4th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, before he was killed by a gunshot wound in 2011 while serving in Afghanistan. Peg was subsequently brought to live with Pvt Lewis’ family in the UK. They will be at the exhibition, discussing the importance of animals on the battlefront.


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The Royal Pigeon Racing Association will be presenting a display showing the essential messenger role that pigeons played during wartime. There will also be live pigeons on display, demonstrating their skills.

The show will run on August 11 from 10am-6pm. Visit www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford for more information.

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