Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Cats at War

We have discovered on Roads that animal features spike our readership, so in a flagrant effort to accommodate our fans, here are some images from an article by Mark Strauss, These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I.  Thanks to regular correspondent Janice Sellers, who sends us lots of great material and ideas for our postings, and brought this to our attention. Mr. Strauss claims, "An estimated 500,000 cats were dispatched to the trenches, where they killed rats and mice; some were also used as gas detectors. At sea, cats had the run of the ship — a tradition dating back thousands of years." 

The full "Brave and Fluffy" collection of WWI cats can be found at:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, these are just great - even more glorious felines at the article.