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Bethnal Green Library exhibition charts role of animals in war effort

PUBLISHED: 10:30 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:46 22 May 2013

One of the photos on display at the Animals in the Armed Forces exhibition

One of the photos on display at the Animals in the Armed Forces exhibition

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Photographs charting the contribution of animals to the war effort are on display in an exhibition.

Heroes of the Second World War were not limited to the soldiers who served their country, but also included pigeons, dogs and horses which helped save the lives of men, the display reveals.

Held at Bethnal Green Library in Cambridge Heath Road, the exhibition focuses on Sgt Sidney Gill, who spent much of the war coordinating transport and supplies, and kept a diary charting the role of horses to the effort.

Among the characters portrayed is Donald the Duck, which was picked up as a mascot and travelled around the world with soldiers during the war.

The pictures are on display until May 31.

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