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Horrie the War Dog  : The Story of Australia's Most Famous War Dog - Roland Perry

Horrie the War Dog

The Story of Australia's Most Famous War Dog

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Published: 1st November 2013
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In the harsh Libyan desert in the middle of the second world war, Private Jim Moody, a signaller with the First Australian Machine Gun Battalion, found a starving puppy on a sand dune. Moody called the dog Horrie. Much more than a mascot, Horrie's exceptional hearing picked up the whine of enemy aircraft two minutes before his human counterparts and repeatedly saved the lives of the thousand-strong contingent. The little Egyptian Terrier's ritual of sitting, barking, then dashing for the trenches, had the gunners running for cover before their camp was strafed and bombed.

Where Moody went, Horrie went too, through the battle zones of the Middle East and far beyond. As the Japanese forces began their assault in Asia Moody and his soldier mates joined the fight, but not before they had smuggled Horrie onto a troop ship and a harrowing journey back to Australia where they thought their little friend would be safe. The war over, Moody brought Horrie out of hiding to raise money for the Red Cross, and the brave little dog's story became widely known. When quarantine officers pounced and demanded that the dog be put down there was a huge public outcry. Horrie had saved a thousand lives. How could a cruel bureaucracy heartlessly kill him? But defying the authorities would mean gaol for Moody and certain death for Horrie. Was Horrie, the gunner's hero, condemned to die or could Moody devise a scheme to save him?

In the finest ANZAC tradition, Horrie the War Dog is a story of intrigue and illusion, and of sacrifice, courage and loyalty. Best-selling author, Roland Perry, tells this remarkable true story for the first time.

About the Author

Roland Perry is one of Australia's best known authors. He has written 28 books, many of them going on to become bestsellers, including Bill the Bastard, Bradman's Invincibles, The Changi Brownlow, The Australian Light Horse and Monash: The Outsider Who Won a War.

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I will keep this book and probably lend it to friends.

5

Both my husband and I really enjoyed Horrie the WarDog. Neither of us could put it down! The Silver Spoon is a great recipe book, well laid out and easy to follow. I am a recipe book addict and this is one of the best I have.

Sydney, Australia

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I recommend this book

5

I really enjoyed reading this book,I couldn't put it down and would recommend it to any reader

Nathalia vic

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Yes

5

My initial purchase was an Ebook. It created so much interest that I then purchased the book version. It's now doing the rounds of family and friends. It is very interesting in so much as my father was pretty much there (might have even come across Horrie). Historically very correct and the Photos in the book add to it's charm. Lovely story with amazing reaction from all of us who have had a read.

Auckland New Zealand

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Really good read.

4

A well written and interesting book on a great little dog in a small but crucial part of Australian history. Heart warming.

Melbourne

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Thought Provoking, what's important?

5

The book gave an human face to war. the dog was cleaver, saved lives and was loved by all that had anything to do with him. I have read some controversy about the author and the structure of the content but the message was wholesome, heart warming and an indictment about bureaucracy. Good bush characters willing to risk all for their beliefs. They'd make the eureka stockade heroes proud.

Canberra

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Factually inaccurate and more a work of fiction.

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The book is a retelling of the original manuscript my father wrote and submitted to Angus and Robertson in June 1943. No one who in the extended Moody family who was alive at the time of the 1945 events believes the subsitution story. Jim Moody was known for making up excuses/reasons to cover his actions both within his service life and personal life to assuage his own guilt. He was a well known womaniser with a multidude of 'pick up lines' including the Horrie substitution. If as a reader of historical material you are interested in forming your own view of the material all personal papers that Jim Moody kept until his death are available from the Australian War Memorial. Interestingly Jim couldn't even remeber the names of the rebels accurately in 1943 when asked to provide more details by Idriess. There was also never any correspondence between him and Albert Edward Bennetts. The only connection to Cudgewa where the dog was meant to have been sent was from Myra Hutton (nee Dyring) (Corryong Courthouse Hotel). She was a childhood long term friend of Jim Moody's and lamented the fact that she would never see Horrie as Jim Moody had promised. The other interesting letter in the personal paper was from Captain Jim Hewitt casting doubt on the claims in the original Idriess book of the exploits of Horrie in the middle eat being grossly exaggerated. He should know as he was the officer in charge of the signallers. Perry's book is a work of fiction with no material to support it and it is a repeat of b oth my fathers manuscript and the collaborative book with Ion Idriess published in 1945 and should be treated as such.

Mount Duneed

Roland Perrry does not disappoint

5

Brilliantly written and provokes thought while also tugging on the heart strings.

Perth

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Horrie the War Dog

5

All engaging a real page turner well written going to read more of Ronald Perrys books heart warming a real good read please read great Australian History.

Perth Australia

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Should be read by all Australians

4

My husband has been fascinated and enthralled to discover this piece of war history previously unknown to him. He is re reading parts and quoting the most stunning information to his family and friends.

Denmark, W.A.

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Horrie the War Dog

4

A little known story that should be told to many

Western Queensland.Australia

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Horrie the War Dog

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ISBN: 9781743317990
ISBN-10: 1743317999
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st November 2013
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.8  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1