We remember: Stories of veterans and animals who served

This Remembrance Day, be part of us as we replicate on the sacrifices of our veterans who’ve served Canada and the brave animals who stood by their aspects in occasions of battle and peace. 

Extra than simply companions 

Throughout wartime, canine had a lot of helpful roles. One position was as mascots and companions to front-line troopers. On this position they not solely gave troopers hope on the frontlines, however helped to lower the variety of rodents within the trenches by scaring them away. 

Canine additionally carried written messages between items, and had been employed to put phone traces. Spools had been laid on the canine’ backs that might unroll as they moved ahead. Canine may additionally scent poison fuel earlier than troopers, find wounded on the battlefield, and carry medical backpacks.  

Credit score: Canada. Dept. of Nationwide Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-000126
Mascots and protectors 

Like canine, cats served as companions and mascots in wartime. Aboard naval ships cats not solely protected meals rations from rodents, but in addition prevented communication traces from being chewed by way of by rodents. Controlling the rodent inhabitants additionally lessened the unfold of illness.  

Cats have been identified to detect bombs, with households counting on their cat’s senses to alert them to incoming bombs. Learn extra in regards to the position of cats in wartime right here. 

birds in war
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Courageous messengers of the skies 

Throughout each World Wars, service pigeons delivered messages throughout the traces. It was a really harmful job with the enemy at all times attempting to shoot them down. In the course of the First World Warfare, 600 pigeons had been utilized in France alone by the U.S. military. The UK employed about 250,000 homing pigeons through the Second World Warfare for a lot of functions, together with speaking with spies behind enemy traces.  

Canaries had been utilized in wartime to detect poison fuel on the entrance line. They might additionally sign an absence of oxygen within the tunnels.  

horses in war
Credit score: Canada. Dept. of Nationwide Defence/Library and Archives Canada/
Battling aspect by aspect 

Throughout each World Wars, mules carried artillery, and horses transported troops and hauled discipline weapons, amongst many different roles. Horses and mules had been utilized by the Canadian Military Service Corps to hold mounted troops, panniers, artillery and haul discipline weapons. Go to Veterans Affairs Canada to be taught extra about how the contributions of animals are perpetually remembered with the creation of the Animals in Warfare dedication in Ottawa.  

Learn extra tales of particular horses in wartime right here. 

This Remembrance Day, be part of us in remembering the sacrifice of those that fought for our freedom and the security of our nation. We’ll always remember.  

Watch this video in remembrance of the entire courageous animals who’ve served for Canada. 


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