National Day for War Animals
24 February annually
24 February 2019 will be the first National Day for War Animals in Australia. On this day we recognise the important roles that animals have and continue to play in war.
To commemorate the day guided family tours through the Memorial galleries at 10.30am and 11.30am will explore the role of animals during wartime. See more about the family tours.
Purple poppy merchandise will be available shortly through the Memorial store.
To read more about animals at war: https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/exhibitions/animals
Cats of war
The military have a long tradition of taking cats to war – in an official capacity (as mascots and rodent catchers), for morale, and for luck. In common with our sailors, soldiers and airmen, many a cute kitty has had its portrait taken. Here is a selection of photographs from the Memorial’s collection, showing cats at war.
Animals and war
Animals are put to many uses in war. Sometimes they have jobs to do: the horses and donkeys used to transport soldiers and equipment, as well as tracker dogs with their special talents. Often animals are used as mascots and pets. This set of images shows some of the animals that have served with Australians in wartime.