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The Forgotten Heroes of WWII. (Unisex Cut)

The Forgotten Heroes of WWII. (Unisex Cut)

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This Forgotten Heroes of WWII was done by Canadian Watercolour artist Pat Armstrong. We met Pat at an Art Festival and she graciously did this original watercolor painting for us to help with our cause. She even painted the shield. Please do check out Pat’s work at, she truly is a gifted artist. This brown alstyle 100% preshrunk cotton crew neck t- shirt is a unisex cut. Ladies usually order one size smaller for an accurate fit.

From elephants to horses, dogs to pigeons, animals have found themselves conscripted during times of war. Some were used for transportation, others to deliver messages. For over 2500 years, cats played a role in warfare – often at a high price to themselves.

During World War II, carrier pigeons were routinely carried by RAF bombers just in case of the danger of ditching in the water and requiring immediate rescue, in an era before GPS and satellite locator beacons, rescue was far from certain. Homing pigeons gave the crew a chance of survival.

Although today’s military uses sniffer dogs to sniff out explosives, cats have their own built-in bomb detectors. Whether they are simply attuned to changes in atmospheric pressure or they have a sixth sense, some cats are particularly good at knowing when a bomb is about to hit.

During World War II, families soon learned to follow their cats into bomb or air-raid shelters, saving many lives. Among the most famous cats was one appropriately named Bomber, this cat could distinguish between the sounds made by RAF and German aircraft from a surprising distance. When Bomber headed for shelter, his family followed, making him a feline early warning system.

In the Navy, Cats were carried on ships for many reasons, some as ships mascots. But, most importantly to control rodents. Vermin aboard a ship can cause damage to ropes, woodwork, and electrical wiring. Also, ships needed cats get rid of rats. A rodent infestation posed risks to onboard foodstuffs—and to the crew’s overall health. 

Horses in World War II were used by some nations for transportation of troops, artillery, material, and, to a lesser extent, in mobile cavalry troops. The role of horses for each nation depended on its military strategy and state of economy and was most pronounced in German and Soviet ground forces. Over the course of the war  nazi Germany and the Soviet Union used more than six million horses.

The PDSA Dickin Medal (the animals Victoria Cross) was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in World War II. ... It is awarded to animals that have displayed "conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units"

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