Animals in war book finally submitted
Recently I sent off the final version of the manuscript of my book The Cat and Dog Massacre in World War Two. The Changing Animal-Human Relationship on the British Home Front 1939-45. (I am sure the final title will go through various changes before the book finally appears late in 2016 from University of Chicago Press.But in summary that’s what the book is about.)
I am now collating various images for the book. The one above of a wartime cat rescue is from the State Library of Victoria in Australia that contains several images of animals being rescued by ARP wardens, animal charities and NARPAC. Such benign practice was widespread and it is good that there are so many visual images to back up the written word. At the start of the war the Cats Protection League had feared that cats would be ignored. It’s good to know that on this occasion they were proved to be too pessimistic.