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

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

Extra than simply companions  

Throughout wartime, canines had quite a lot 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, but in addition helped to lower the variety of rodents within the trenches by scaring them away.  

Canine 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. Canine may additionally scent poison fuel earlier than troopers, find wounded on the battlefield, and carry medical backpacks.    

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 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 concerning the position of cats in wartime right here 

cat in war
Credit score: Canada. Dept. of Nationwide Defence/Library and Archives Canada/PA-000126
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 making an attempt to shoot them down. Through the First World Battle, 600 pigeons have been utilized in France alone by the U.S. military. The UK employed about 250,000 homing pigeons in the course of the Second World Battle for a lot of functions, together with speaking with spies behind enemy strains.   

Canaries have been utilized in wartime to detect poison fuel on the entrance line. They may additionally sign a scarcity of oxygen within the tunnels.   

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

Throughout each World Wars, mules carried artillery, and horses transported troops and hauled discipline 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 discipline weapons. Go to Veterans Affairs Canada to study extra about how the contributions of animals are eternally remembered with the creation of the Animals in Battle dedication in Ottawa.   

Learn extra tales of particular horses in wartime right here 

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


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.  


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