Animals
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Animals

The use of animals for war service is known from antiquity. Elephants, bears, or packs of bloodhounds were used to break open enemy lines. Clay balls containing poisonous snakes were used as projectiles. Most often used as “war equipment” was the horse, in a team to pull combat vehicles and naturally, as a mount for a rider.

Surprisingly, it was not during the First World War – in which mechanization was at first of less significance – but during the Second World War that the use of horses was comparatively greater. Despite being engaged in pos…

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Werth, German, “Animals”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 13 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0015>
First published online: 2015



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