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We keep in mind: Tales of veterans and animals who served


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

    Extra than simply companions 

    Throughout wartime, canines had plenty of beneficial 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. 

    Canines additionally carried written messages between models, and have been employed to put phone strains. Spools have been laid on the canines’ backs that might unroll as they moved ahead. Canines might additionally odor poison gasoline 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 in addition prevented communication strains from being chewed by means 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 concerning the position 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 strains. It was a really harmful job with the enemy all the time attempting to shoot them down. In the course of the First World Struggle, 600 pigeons have been utilized in France alone by the U.S. military. The UK employed about 250,000 homing pigeons through the Second World Struggle for a lot of functions, together with speaking with spies behind enemy strains.  

    Canaries have been utilized in wartime to detect poison gasoline 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 area weapons, amongst many different roles. Horses and mules have been utilized by the Canadian Military Service Corps to hold mounted troops, panniers, artillery and haul area weapons. Go to Veterans Affairs Canada to study extra about how the contributions of animals are ceaselessly remembered with the creation of the Animals in Struggle dedication in Ottawa.  

    Learn extra tales of particular horses in wartime right here. 

    This Remembrance Day, be a 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 all the courageous animals who’ve served for Canada.