Sheyla

By Sheyla

LifeBuzz Staff

These 17 Cats “Served” And Helped Soldiers During Wartime. A Must See!

Dogs are man’s best friend, but did you know that during World War I cats were the pets of choice aboard military ships and in the trenches? Cats would hunt mice and other vermin that could cause damage to woodwork, ropes, wiring, cargo, and food provisions on ships. This also protected the soldiers from disease.

Both sailors and soldiers embraced felines as pets and mascots to help relieve stress and keep them company.

#1. ”Togo” the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought.

”Togo” the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought.

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#2. Two cats pose in the breech of a 4-inch caliber gun aboard an unidentified U.S. ship.

Two cats pose in the breech of a 4-inch caliber gun aboard an unidentified U.S. ship.

U.S. Naval Institute

#3. A cat looks up at an unidentified soldier, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.

A cat looks up at an unidentified soldier, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.

Australian War Memorial

#4. British soldier playing with mascot.

British soldier playing with mascot.

Illustrated War News, Vol. 7, London, 1918

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