Innocent Heroes: Stories of animals in the First World War- A Review

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Innocent Heroes: Stories of animals in the First World War

Written by: Sigmund Brouwer

Publisher: Tundra Books (February 14, 2017)

I received a digital galley in exchange for an honest review

Finishing up our week of WW1 with a combo war/animal title. This one is actually Canadian, so I’ll be listing it as world history.

It starts out with the origins of the conflict that started WW1 and then gets into explaining how animals were used as soldiers during WW1 by the Royal Canadian Army. Animals from carrier pigeons to donkeys to dogs all were used to help soldiers communicate with each other on the battlefield. In the days before technology as we know it now, they proved an essential ingredient to save human lives. A mix of fictional stories followed by a short biography of the real animal that served this is a great alternative to a straight textbook presentation of what the conditions were like during World War 1. I think this paired with Come on In, America, and A Soldier’s Sketchbook would be an excellent unit study.