Monday 27 April 2020
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  • Age 9-11 (KS2)
    Age 11-14 (KS3)

Did you know animals play an important role in wartime?

Join IWM expert Clare as she shares real life stories about courageous animal heroes. Clare will tell us about animals that are super smart and can do amazing things that modern equipment and highly skilled people cannot!

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Amazing Animals

Amazing Animals

Part of the Adventures in History series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020.    

Curriculum Links and Learning Objectives

  • KS3/4 - Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. 

  • GCSE - Warfare and British society, c1250-Present.      

  • To learn about the roles animals play in war and conflict.                         

Animal Investigators

Animal Investigators

Animals are extraordinary creatures with amazing abilities, including keeping our spirits up during difficult times.

IWM experts Clare and Roly show you photos from IWM’s collections of animals in wartime. Each had a very specific job… but what were they?

Watch the mission briefing

Animals and the war effort

Private John Rudd of the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment sitting at the roadside in a Korean village with his dog, which has been trained for guard duties.
Private John Rudd of the 1st Battalion, Middlesex Regiment sitting at the roadside in a Korean village with his dog, which has been trained for guard duties. © IWM BF 491

Animals and the war effort

From a tiny mouse to a huge elephant - see 12 amazing photographs that show show some of the different ways animals have helped humans in wartime

EXPLORE FURTHER

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Poster for IWM learning content Adventures in History: Cakes Made from Carrots
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Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War.  
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Join IWM expert Vikki as she shares real life stories of celebration and revelry in the wake of the VE Day announcement of 1945

Book A Visit to IWM

IWM London Exterior shot
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IWM London
School visits to IWM London
Discover the stories of lives shaped by war and conflict from 1914 until the present day. Step into the iconic atrium, explore the brand new Second World War Galleries and experience our new learning facilities.
IWM North landscape view
IWM North
School visits to IWM North
Purpose-built to tell the powerful stories of over a century of war, IWM North makes full use of its extraordinary exhibition space to deliver an award-winning immersive experience.
IWM Duxford Showcase
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IWM Duxford
School visits to IWM Duxford
Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford. See aircraft take to the skies from the airfield that Spitfires first flew. And get up close to over a century of aviation with hundreds of aircraft and objects on display.