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War Dog

The no-man's-land puppy who took to the skies

By Damien Lewis

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Other Information: Fully integrated b/w
Published In: United Kingdom, 09 September 2014
In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home. Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie.By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.

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EAN: 9780751552294
ISBN: 0751552291
Publisher: Sphere
Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.1 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

About the Author

Damien Lewis has reported from war and conflict zones and aid and conservation projects for twenty years for the BBC, CNN, and many other news organizations. He is the author of a number of books on elite military operations and coauthor of several acclaimed memoirs.

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Patricia Treharne on
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If you are a dog-lover, you will enjoy this book. At times very moving, it is a true story about an incredible bond between a man and his rescued puppy.
Gail Riddell on
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This book is not lengthy but it had me spellbound from cover to cover. From the moment I realised what the young airman intended doing, I could not wait to learn how he handled the numerous predicaments associated with owning a young dog in war time Europe. There were times when I became so caught up in the story as it unfolded, I wanted to leap into the pages and strangle certain people. Ha! And I am not usually at all interested in any war time stories of any description. But this one was truly worth taking the risk.

It was well written and although I do not know how accurate it is from the historical viewpoint, if there was any license taken by the author, then it was not noticeable. It will not matter if the reader is 10 years old or middle aged or really elderly - if that reader has a knowledge of the dedication of a beloved dog (or any animal essentially) to his/her handler or owner, then "you must get this book".
Barbara Mcdonald on
 
I bought this book for my husbands birthday as I knew it was the sort of book he would love, and he did love it. I have since read it to and I found it a amazing true story of a very brave man and his wonderful dog.
Rowena Fitzgerald on
 
This book is a non stop read.I loved it and a biography which would charm most readers.True story now allowed to be told and a heartwarming classic which I could not put down.
Jenny Cain on
 
Would make a great movie! A must read for dog lovers or those interested in WW2 airforce enthusiasts. Highly recommended!
Jean Robertson on
 
A very touching story of the bond between man and dog.
History lessons along the way as well
Well worth a read, especially if you are a dog person.
Gail Sutcliffe on
 
I just loved this book, anyone who is a dog lover must read this book, what an incredible animal and the most amazing bond between dog and owner. That dog sure is a survivor. Definitely a book I would re-read. I highly recommend it.
Karen Stevenson on
 
One of the loveliest books i have ever read!
wendy smithson on
 
An absolutely wonderful story of loyalty.
Bill Atchison on
 
A great book to read. Easy going and you don't get "bogged down" trying to read it. Would recommend this to anyone interested in wartime history.

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