Remembrance Day: The animals that went to war

Approximately 65 million people from around the world fought in the First World War. But did you know that more than 16 million animals had also served by the time the war came to an end on the 11 November 1918?

“For your tomorrow,
We gave our today.”

Kohima epitaph
By John Maxwell Edmonds

Today, 11 November, is Remembrance Day. It was on this day back in 1918 that the First World War came to an end with the signing of an armistice – an agreement that states how both sides will cease fighting.

To commemorate the events that took place over a hundred years ago, we’re taking a look at the animals that played a huge part in the war, assisting troops in areas such as transportation, communication, and companionship.

This post was inspired by the hand-panted plaques (pictured above) that were placed around our local village a few days ago on Remembrance Sunday.


These hoofed mammals were used to carry soldiers as well as transport heavy things such as ammunition and medical supplies.


Donkeys, along with camels, horses and mules, were relied upon to carry essentials such as food, water, weapons and and other supplies needed on the front line.


These clever birds were used during the war to deliver important messages back and forth without detection by the enemy.


Similar to pigeons, some dogs were used as messengers throughout the First World War. However, many actually served as companions and helped soldiers through the long battle.

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Image credits:
Hand-painted plaque – Chloe Petrylak
Wild horses – Anastasia Shuraeva, WordPress
Grazing donkey – Felix Mittermeier, WordPress
Pigeon in flight – Pexels
Dog – RRinna, WordPress

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