Jennifer Haltli


Animals, War, Ied, Afghanistan, Humane, Intermediate, Dependable

Document Type

Book Review


From heroic dogs and hunting house cats to unlikely creatures like pigeons, pigs, and camels, animals have turned the tides of battles and aided humans in dealing with the terrible aftermath. Working as fighters, transporters, messengers, detectors, searchers, rescuers, emotional supporters and spies, animals have served in wartime from Hannibal’s era to today’s war on terror. Babylonian reliefs pictured their exploits, ancient Greek historians chronicled their deeds, and modern European newspapers publish their photos. While exposing animals to wartime conditions is controversial, these beasts are often given military awards and are immortalized by the media and their handlers.