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Animals in Combat

by Nigel Allsopp



ISBN:9781742575131
Format:Paperback
Book Size:255 x 198 x 20 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Throughout the history of mankind, animals have taken part in combat, espionage and have functioned in other ways to fight the wars of the humans. A variety of animals, from insects and bacteria used in biological warfare to better known horses have been used in human warfare since ancient times. Since then, camels, carrier pigeons, elephants, mules, donkeys, bats, and bees have all seen combat in some form.

Animals in Combat explores a brief history of military animals throughout the ages, their different roles within this period, what animal warriors are used for today and what future animals have in modern warfare. Supported by many colour images, the respective service each animals provides in times of war is beautifully covered by author Nigel Allsopp.


About the Author

Nigel Allsopp

Nigel Allsopp was born in the UK but started his Military Career in 1980 as a Military Working Dog Handler in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Police. Within his 15 years service he rose to the rank of DOGMASTER responsible for all aspects of Canine Operations and training within the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF). He became the first Military Dog trainer to qualify as a NZ civilian police dog trainer and supervisor. Nigel has trained members from numerous government agencies such as Customs, Police, Corrective Service and Federal Aviation Security in the use of specialist dogs. He has also trained and supplied specialist detection dogs and Military Working Dogs to South East Asian Countries on behalf of formal government requests whilst in the NZDF. Nigel left the military to pursue a keen interest in wild canine research and commenced work for the Auckland Zoo training all sorts of exotic animals to enhance their behavioural enrichment. This included 3 years as an elephant keeper whilst also training the zoo sea lions. He immigrated to Australia to continue his interest in wild canines by working at several zoos and wildlife parks with Manned Wolves, Timber Wolves, Dingoes and African Cape Hunting Dogs. The lure of working with dogs again inspired Nigel to join the Queensland Police Service where he is currently a Senior Constable in the QPS Dog Section working with a Firearms Explosive Detection Dog (FEDD).