These 17 Brave Cats Helped Soldiers Win Their Battles During WWI

During the First World War, cats were a common sight. You’ll find these brave creatures in the trenches and aboard ships, helping soldiers by killing mice and rats, as well as serving as gas detectors.

Here are just some of them:

1. Togo the cat of the battleship HMS Dreadnought.

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2. Two cats posing in the breech of a 4-inch caliber gun aboard an unidentified U.S. ship.

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U.S. Naval Institute

3. A cat looks up at a soldier, Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.

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Australian War Memorial

4. British soldier playing with a cat.

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Illustrated War News, Vol. 7, London, 1918

5. Portrait of Company O’Connor on August 12th, 1915.

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Australian War Memorial

6. Ship’s cat strutting along the barrel of a 15-inch gun on board the HMS Queen Elizabeth in Gallipoli Peninsula, 1915.

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Bibliotheque nationale de France

7. Two men of the 9th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, 15th Division with their pet cat “Martinpuich,” August 25th, 1916.

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8. Officers of the US 2nd Army Corps with a cat they found in the ruins of Le Cateau-Cambrésis.

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Pictorial Record of the 27th Division

9. Ship’s cat aboard the HMAS Encounter.

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10. Portrait of a soldier holding a kitten in Melbourne, 1915.

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Australian War Memorial

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