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Animals in London during the Second World War

2012 January 31

I gave this public lecture at the London Metropolitan Archives during a day of activities around the Second World War. I did look at the massacre of 400,000 cats and dogs at the start of the war but also the provisions that were made for animals during the war. Animals and humans in many instances became closer through sharing physical spaces more intimately. Cats and dogs – through their excellent hearing – often alerted humans to pending bombardment beating them to run to the shelter in the garden!

I am interested in more stories of people and their companion animals during the war. So please send me your family stories:

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