We bear in mind: Tales 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 instances of conflict and peace. 

Extra than simply companions 

Throughout wartime, canines had various helpful roles. One function was as mascots and companions to front-line troopers. On this function 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 canines’ 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.  

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

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

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

birds in war
Credit score: Canada. Dept. of Nationwide Defence/Library and Archives Canada/
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 all the time making an attempt to shoot them down. Throughout the First World Conflict, 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 Conflict 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 a scarcity 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 subject 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 subject weapons. Go to Veterans Affairs Canada to study extra about how the contributions of animals are endlessly remembered with the creation of the Animals in Conflict 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 protection of our nation. We are going to always remember.  

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


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