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Author: Robin Hutton Narrator: Susan Boyce Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2018 ISBN: 9781538586075
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America’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, was awarded to 440 deserving members of the “Greatest Generation” that served in World War II. But in 1943, before the war was even over, Allied leaders realized they needed another kind of award to recognize a different kind of World War II hero—animal heroes.

Founded in 1943, the prestigious PDSA Dickin Medal is the highest award an animal can achieve for gallantry and bravery in the field of military conflict. It was given to fifty-five animals who served valiantly alongside the members of the Greatest Generation. In War Animals, nationally bestselling author Robin Hutton (Sgt. Reckless: America’s War Horse) tells the incredible, inspiring true stories of the fifty-five animal recipients of the PDSA Dickin Medal during WWII and the lesser-known stories of other military animals whose acts of heroism have until now been largely forgotten. These animal heroes include

  • G. I. Joe, who flew twenty miles in twenty minutes and stopped the planes on the tarmac from bombing a town that had just been taken over by allied forces, saving the lives of over one hundred British soldiers;
  • Winkie, the first Dickin recipient, who saved members of a downed plane when she flew 129 miles with oil clogged wings with an SOS message that helped a rescue team find the crew;
  • Chips, who served as a sentry dog for the Roosevelt-Churchill conference; and
  • Ding, a paradog whose plane was hit by enemy fire on D-Day, ended up in a tree, and once on the ground still saved lives.

A heartwarming and sometimes even hilarious history of hero birds, dogs, horses, and more, War Animals is a World War II story you’ve never read before.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] sparkling and engaging portrait of a most remarkable and courageous animal.”

    Publishers Weekly on Sgt. Reckless

  • Sgt. Reckless will take you to places you’ve never been before. Both Robin and her inspiration are to be commended.”

    Michael Blowen, founder and president of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement, on Sgt. Reckless

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About the Author

Robin Hutton has spent her adult life working in major event productions and the motion picture business. She has been the writing partner of Tom Laughlin for the last thirty years and is coauthor of The 9 Indispensable Ingredients in Every Hit Film, TV Show, Play, and Novel. Currently she is president of Angels without Wings, Inc., a nonprofit organization that spearheaded the development and dedication of a national memorial to Sergeant Reckless. The monument was dedicated at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on July 26, 2013, and an exhibit inside the museum was also opened at that time. For her charitable work, she was named “Patriotic Citizen of the Year” for 2014 by the local chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars and the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

About the Narrator

Susan Boyce is an audiobook narrator and an actor who has worked onstage at Trinity Repertory Theater, Worcester Foothills Theater, the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, and every major ragtime and traditional jazz festival in the United States. She has won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.