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Military mascots

  • Military mascots

    New Zealanders have one of the highest pet-ownership rates in the world. Wartime was no different. Take a tour through this menagerie of military mascots: dogs, cats, donkeys, monkeys, pigs, goats and birds. There's the famous bull terrier Major Major, along with the less well-known, but very cute, slow loris adopted by 1 RNZIR in Borneo.

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  • Page 2 – First World War mascots

    First World War mascots from the New Zealand Rifle Bigade's Great Dane, Freda, to Pelorus Jack of HMS New Zealand.

  • Page 3 – Second World War mascots

    Second World War mascots, including the dogs Major Major and Colonel Ben and Rommel the cat

  • Page 4 – Other military mascots

    Mascots we would like more information about, mainly from post-Second World War conflicts

  • Page 5 – Further information

    Books and website links relating to New Zealand military mascots.

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