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Australian WW1 animals honoured in France

Australian WW1 animals honoured in France

WW1 Animals honoured in France. Photo: AWAMO

Corporal James Coull with dogs of No.3 Messenger Dog Section. Photo: AWAMO

Australian WW1 animals will be honoured with a memorial at Pozieres in France.  This will be Australia’s official war animal memorial for all WW1 four legged veterans.

The Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) is a non profit organisation that supports and supplies aid and erects memorials to war animals.  AWAMO has been offered a plot of land at Pozieres, France for the memorial.  Over 5000 Australians still remain buried there.  Continue Reading →

Nigel Allsopp and his canine team mate Venus

Nigel Allsopp, police dog handler and his black Labrador, Venus, are inseparable. Find out who’s the boss?

Nigel Allsopp and his police canine colleague, Venus

Nigel and Venus. Photo: Nigel Allsop

Our first Who’s the boss? guest for 2016 is Nigel Allsopp, war historian, specialist dog handler, wildlife expert, published author and TV celebrity. Nigel is the President and Director of the Australian War Animal Memorials (AWAMO), a non-profit organisation that honours the animals of war. Nigel started his career as a Military Working Dog Handler in the Royal New Zealand Air Force in 1980 and later became a specialist narcotic detection dog handler and an explosive detection handler. Nigel conducted several operational tours of duty which are still classified.   Continue Reading →

Smoky the War Dog

Lest we forget our four-legged diggers: Smoky the War Dog

Smoky the war dog

Smoky served in WWII. Photo courtesy of AWAMO and Bill Wynne

This Remembrance Day, we commemorate all the animal deeds and sacrifices in war, in particular a small Yorkshire Terrier no bigger than an army helmet, but with a heart of a lion. ‘Smoky’ as she was known, initially served alongside Australian and US troops in the jungles of the Pacific.

Smoky’s exploits during World War II has not been forgotten in Australia thanks to the efforts of War Historian, Nigel Allsopp and the Australian War Animal Monuments Organisation (AWAMO).  A war monument honouring the little Terrier was erected in Queensland in 2012 and was also dedicated  to all war animals who served.  Smoky has been nominated for a Purple Cross for what she had done for Australian Servicemen. Continue Reading →

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