At a time
when every American was called upon to contribute to the war effort—whether by
enlisting, buying bonds, or collecting scrap metal—the use of American animals
during World War II further demonstrates the resourcefulness of the U.S. Army
and the many sacrifices that led to the Allies' victory.
M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes deftly illustrate that every branch of the armed
forces and every theater of the war utilized the instincts and dexterity of
these dependable creatures, who though not always in the direct line of enemy
fire, had their lives put at risk for the jobs they performed.
frightening and uncharted world of war, servicemen and women could count on the
transport given by horses and mules, the protection offered by dogs, the
communication delivered by pigeons, and the solace provided by mascots and
pets."—from Loyal Forces
192 pages, Toni M. Kiser (Author), Lindsey F. Barnes (Author)]