Throughout our history, animals have been trained to aid human combat literally on the frontline of battle or in support services, carrying essential equipment to areas that are difficult to access by vehicle. Camels, elephants, mules, donkeys, dogs, avian species such as bats and carrier pigeons, and even insects have all played a role, their unique characteristics exploited and finely honed to help save human lives. Animals in Combat explores the training, ability, agility and skill of military animals in different campaigns through history, and looks at the way in which they currently support the tactics of the armed services in modern warfare. It is illustrated throughout with beautiful colour images of animals in action.
About the Author
Born in the UK, Nigel Allsopp started his Military Career as a Military Working Dog Handler in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Police in 1980. During his 15 years service he rose to the rank of Dogmaster responsible for all aspects of Canine Operations and training within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). Nigel left the Military to pursue a keen interest in Wild Canine research and commenced work for the Auckland Zoo training all sorts of exotic animals to enhance their behavioural enrichment. This included 3 years as an Elephant keeper whilst also training the zoos sea Nigel is a vocal ambassador for the establishment of Animal Memorials to recognize their role and contribution in War.
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st April 2014
Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 16.5 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.48