Animals in the Years 1914–1918 as Part of War Propaganda

Animals in the Years 1914–1918 as Part of War Propaganda

Fig. 2. Soldiers painting a white horse. (Ilustrirani glasnik 1915, no. 8, 92)

The article focuses on examples of also using animals for war propaganda. Photography served to justify animal drafting, to keep up the military morale, and to show how cruel the enemy was. The animal ‘heroes’ of the newspapers– horses, dogs and pigeons – illustrate the attitude of humankind toward animalkind in the first industrial and technological war that showed the vulnerability and the nonsense of using animals on the fronts.

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The military liked to use the stories of animal heroism performed by man’s best friend to set an example for the soldiers.
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