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A celebration of the forgotten heroes of war, the animals that have served alongside Australian forces.

In Darwin in 1942, Gunner’s barking alerted an entire army base of impending air raids, well before the enemy planes appeared on radar. Following an ambush, Sarbi the explosive detection dog was held captive by the Taliban for over a year, before heading home a hero. And when 135000 horses left Australia for the First World War, why was General Bridges’ charger Sandy the only one to return home?

Drawing from first-hand sources and interviews with those who were there, Anthony Hill brings to life the loyalty and courage of these animals, and the love their soldiers felt for them.

From the donkeys that carried the wounded at Gallipoli to the dolphins that hunted underwater mines in Iraq, these animal heroes are at the heart of some of the most remarkable stories in Australia’s military history.

This fully revised and updated edition features inspiring true stories of heroism and sacrifice, many of them never told before.

Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    April 3, 2017

    Michael Joseph

    320 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook


    April 3, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    304 pages

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  • EBook


    August 22, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    256 pages

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Dolphin Patrol

Anthony Hill introduces an unlikely underwater hero of the Iraq War.

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