History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

26 April, 2012

Wartime Pets Part Four

Considering how much I love this series, it's been a very long time since I had a wartime pets post. But, at last, another collection of soldiers, sailors and airmen with their animals.

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An Australian soldier with Joey the kangaroo, a mascot smuggled into Malaya, c. 1942. Source

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'Alyosius', the lamb mascot of an RAF squadron, 1939. Source

Australian War Memorial

An RAAF man with a pet monkey, Algeria, ca. 1944. Source

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The kitten mascot of aircraft carrier HMS Eagle in her specially made hammock, WW2. Source

National Library of New Zealand

A machine gunner with his pet rabbit, Libya, 1943. Source

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American soldiers and dogs in the UK, WW2. Source

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RAF night fighter pilots wear goggles to adjust their eyes for night flying, joined by squadron dog Kim, 1941. Source

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Crew of the HMS Cossack with their dog Pluto, WW2. Source

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Two Polish aces of the RAF with puppy, 1940. Source

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Venus, the bulldog mascot of the HMS Vansittart, at the wheel, 1941. Source

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A British army officer with a pet golden eagle he raised from a hatchling, Salonika, WWI. Source

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A Trinidadian RAF fighter pilot with Spitfire and dog Dingo, WW2. Source

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A driver mechanic in a jeep with his dog, Normandy, 1944. Source

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A British soldier and dog aboard ship, 1940. Source

John Philips, LIFE © Time Inc.

A soldier feeds the company's pet pig, US, 1940. Source

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An officer of the Army Veterinary Corps with his collection of pets: two jackdaws, a goose, a wolf cub and an Alsation dog, Salonika, WWI. Source

Australian War Memorial

An Australian soldier with a pet tree kangaroo, WW2. Source

 © IWM (CH 1296)

A Czech RAF pilot is greeted by the squadron dog, WW2. Source

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A piper plays for the sheep mascot of the Black Watch, Sicily, 1943. Source

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A stoker teases the ship's dog, Shrapnel, with chocolate, 1944. Source

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A Canadian RAF wing commander rests on the wing of his Spitfire with pet lab Sally, Normandy, 1944. Source

1 comment:

Issy said...

The photos are fabulous. So adorable! Especially the cat in its hammock. :) Thank you for posting them.

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