Monday 27 April 2020

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 Topics

Second World War, Home Front, The Blitz, Empire & Commonwealth

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

Book A Visit to IWM

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IWM London
School visits to IWM London
Bookings are now open for February and March 2021. We’re excited to be welcoming schools back to IWM. To keep us all safe we’re limiting bookings to three groups per day.
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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.
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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.