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Ship’s cat on the HMAS Encounter‍ resting inside the muzzle of a gun,

"You may fire when ready, Muffin." Two cats pose in the breech of a 4" caliber naval gun of an unidentified ship prior to World War One.

Fascinating Vintage Photograhs of Cats in the U. Sea Services Two cats pose in the breech of a caliber naval gun of an unidentified ship prior to World War One.

Sailor on board the HMAS Melbourne holding two ship's cats, 1917 (WWI)

Sailor on board the HMAS Melbourne holding two ship's cats, 1917 (WWI). Sailors and cats, man

A messenger dog showing the tin cylinder in which the message was carried, Etaples, 1918

Carrier pigeons were not the only source of delivering messages. Dogs played a key role in the communication aspect of WWI. Messages would be placed in metal canister that hung around the dog's neck.

A Canadian soldier with 'Tabby' the cat, his unit's mascot, on Salisbury Plain on 27 September 1914.

A Canadian soldier with ‘Tabby’, his unit’s mascot, on Salisbury Plain on 27 September

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World War II Russia - a bandaged boy and his white cat among the ruins

A London Bus Driver feeds cats who live in wrecked houses. When the call of "meat, meat" is heard in one of London's bombed areas, graceful shapes slink out of the shadow of deserted houses and gather round Arthur Heelas, a London Bus Driver. Bombed out himself and his daughter injured in a raid, Mr Heelas takes pity on some of the many London cats who refuse to leave their bombed homes even when their owners have evacuated to safer areas.

HU A London Bus Driver feeds cats who live in wrecked houses. When the call of "meat meat" is heard in one of London's bombed areas graceful shapes slink out of the shadow of condemed and deserted houses and gather round Arthur Heelas a London Bus Driver

These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I  "Togo", the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought. [IWM]

These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I

Naval mascot Togo, the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought.

1943- U.S. 5th Army gunner shown with baby wallaby who had "moved in" to his flying shoe in New Guinea.

WWII U.S. 5th Army Gunner w/ Baby Wallaby in His Flying Shoe Orig Press Photo

Army gunner shown with baby wallaby who had "moved in" to his flying shoe in New Guinea.

England 1940....the cat is saved

World War II in Pictures: Heroes of World War II A few you've heard of, many images of unsung heroes!

The Bear who Fought in World War II

Wojtek the bear with a Polish soldier. During the Battle of Monte Cassino, Wojtek helped move ammunition.

Once Upon a Time in War — A Red Army soldier with his kitten, Eastern Front

Once Upon a Time in War — A Red Army soldier with his kitten, Eastern Front. ~ "His kitten". Proof that the kittens get everyone! Even a soldier hardened by war. Or maybe ESPECIALLY a soldier hardened by war.

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