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Each year, 24 February is the National Day we remember the important roles that many animals have played in war since WWI. Their frequent loss of life and the dangers they faced was tragic, but extremely necessary. 

 

  • 24th February, National Day of War Animals

  • Silver Double Crown

  • Features the Purple Poppy, Remembering Animal Victims of War

  • Mintage of 199 Worldwide!


 

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About this coin

Each year, 24 February is the National Day we remember the important roles that many animals have played in war since WWI. Their frequent loss of life and the dangers they faced was tragic, but extremely necessary. Ammunition, food, water, medical supplies and often the injured themselves were carried by horses, donkeys, mules, oxen and elephants. Messages were often carried by pigeons; sometimes larger breeds were also used for aerial photography of trenches and surveys of enemy placements. Dogs carried messages too, being able to flit undetected through guarded enemy areas.They were also employed for search-and-rescue, to take medicines and related equipment to the wounded, help lay telephone wires, detect mines and poisonous gases and serve as guard and attack animals. Poisonous gases were also detected by canaries. Even dolphins were trained to find underwater mines and rescue sailors adrift at sea. Many animals were kept as morale-boosting pets, providing lighter moments to combat-weary warriors. Advances in military technology have seen most of these animal roles disappear. Many war animals have received awards for their bravery. All deserve a place in our hearts for their courage and loyalty. Their overall contributions are immense and deserve to be revered — as indeed they are in this exclusive Bradford Mint commemorative 50mm solid silver coin. Its richly enamelled purple poppy remembers animals that gave their lives in combat. In addition to the poignant embossed memorial portrait and reminder of "Lest We Forget" the coin carries the legend: "War animals have demonstrated true valour and an enduring partnership with humans. The bond is unbreakable, their sacrifice great." A most appropriate and fitting tribute indeed and a proud addition to any collection of militaria.

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