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Dogs of Courage

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24th September 2015

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In Bonzo’s War, Clare Campbell told the fascinating story of what it was like for Britain’s pets when the world was at war. This time, she follows the incredible journey of the dogs who conscripted to fight for their country, with some even returning with medals for their bravery.

During the most dangerous days of the Second World War, the British government set out to recruit an army of canines – a ‘Guard Dog Unit’. This experimental team of brave hounds would later use their incredible sense of smell to sniff out the anti-personnel mines that barred the way to reclaiming Europe.

Dog owners countrywide shed tears as they bid farewell to their beloved ‘Brian’, ‘Rex’, or ‘Molly’ and packed them off to the War Dogs Training School to learn the skills they’d need to ‘do their bit for Britain’ on the very frontiers of the Third Reich.

The soldiers waiting out in the field to greet their canine counterparts were under strict instructions: do not get too attached to your new four-legged companion. That bit proved disastrously impossible.

Based on original documents, first-hand accounts and interviews, Dogs of Courage tells a story of human determination, heartbreak and uncompromising canine courage that has never been told before.


Mail on Sunday
Bonzo's surely destined to remain the definitive work on this small yet fascinating subject. ****
Jilly Cooper
Reviews for Bonzo's War: Filled with fascinating detail, this is a heavenly and most touching book. I was deeply moved.
the Independent
Dogs of Courage is a fun and heart-warming take on a lesser-seen side to war and demonstrates the courage and intellect of the nation's favourite beasts.
the Sunday Telegraph
Christy and Clare Campbell, both journalists and authors, have uncovered reams of once-secret documents detailing the fiascos and bravery of the animals.
Sarra Manning, Red magazine
Two of my favourite things in the world are dogs and reading about WW2, so this book full of tales of canine derring do on the battlefields and the HomeFront is a no-brainer for me.
The Spectator
There is plenty of fascinating information ... an informative book