Lindsey F. Barnes
Lindsey F. Barnes, senior archivist and digital projects manager at the National WWII Museum, earned a master's degree in library and information science at Louisiana State University.
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Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II
"In the frightening and uncharted world of war, servicemen and women could count on the transport given by horses and mules, the protection offered by dogs, the communication delivered by pigeons, and the solace provided by mascots and pets." — From Loyal Forces
At a time when every American was called upon to contribute to the war effort — whether by enlisting, buying bonds or collecting scrap metal — the use of American animals during World War II further demonstrates the resourcefulness of the U.S. Army and the many sacrifices that led to the Allies' victory. Through 160 photographs from the National World War II Museum collection, Loyal Forces captures the heroism, hard work and innate skills of innumerable animals that aided the military as they fought to protect, transport, communicate and sustain morale.
From the last mounted cavalry charge of the U.S. Army to the 36,000 homing pigeons deployed overseas, service animals made significantly affected military operations during World War II. Authors Toni M. Kiser and Lindsey F. Barnes deftly illustrate that every branch of the armed forces and every theater of the war used the instincts and dexterity of these dependable creatures who, though not always in the direct line of enemy fire, had their lives put at risk for the jobs they performed.
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