War Dog The No-Man's Land Puppy Who Took to the Skies

by Damien Lewis

History

War Dog The No-Man's Land Puppy Who Took to the Skies Synopsis

In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man's-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort - a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home. Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other's lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy - which Robert named Ant - becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master's return from every sortie. By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the 'Animal VC'. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.

The Good Book Guide Review

This is the inspiring tale of one man’s adventures with his dog during the Second World War. In the winter of 1939, Czech airman Robert Bozdech, shot down in enemy territory, stumbled across an orphaned German Shepherd pup. He found it impossible to leave him behind and the puppy subsequently became the mascot of the RAF’s Bomber Command. Together they dodged numerous obstacles, emerging as war heroes, with puppy Ant awarded the Dickin Medal for his valiant efforts.

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ISBN: 9780751552294
Publication date: 11/09/2014
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 26/09/2013
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780751552294
Publication date: 11th September 2014
Author: Damien Lewis
Publisher: Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: History,
Categories: Biography: historical, political & military,

About Damien Lewis

Damien Lewis has written a dozen non-fiction books and thrillers, topping bestseller lists worldwide. His books include the Special Forces classics Operation Certain Death, Bloody Heroes and Cobra Gold, plus the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Zero Six Bravo. He has raised tens of thousands of pounds for services-related charities, and several of his books are being produced as feature films.

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