Australia post commemorates the valour and sacrifice made by the countless animals in war that have assisted Australian troops during war.
In times of conflict animals are very essential for transport, logistics, communications and companionship, but are often forgotten.
A Century of Service: Animals in War
The Animals in War issue comprises five stamps featuring:
- Mules and donkeys have been vital pack animals in situations of war. The most famous are Simpson’s donkeys, who carried first aid and wounded soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign in World War I.The featured photograph used in the stamp design shows a mule and soldier of the 26th Australian Infantry Brigade in Syria in 1942. Photograph: Australian War Memorial.
- Dogs have also been indispensable, being used to carry messages, ammunition and medical equipment as well as locate wounded men and enemy soldiers.The featured photograph used in the stamp design was taken in Afghanistan in 2008 and shows a soldier with his explosive ordnance detection dog.
- Horses were used by mounted troops known as the Australian Light Horse, first serving in the second Boer War (1899–1902). Millions of horses, including thousands sent from Australia, died on the Western Front during World War I.The featured photograph used in the stamp design was taken in 1914, and shows the original First Light Horse Regiment at Roseberry Park Camp, near Merriwa, NSW, before departure from Australia. Photograph: Australian War Memorial.
- Pigeons were used by the Allies during both World Wars, although the Australian Corps of Signals Pigeon Service was not established until World War II. Pigeons were extremely useful when communication was very difficult and limited.The featured photograph used in the stamp design was taken in 1943 and shows a soldier of the 5th Australian Pigeon Section, Advanced Land Headquarters Signals, releasing a pigeon after attaching a message in an aluminium container to its leg. Photograph: Australian War Memorial.
- Camels served in the Imperial Camel Corps in the Middle East during World War I in their thousands.
The featured photograph used in the stamp design was taken in Egypt during World War I and shows a mounted Light Horseman on a fully equipped camel. Photograph: Australian War Memorial.
Title: Animals in War
Date of Issue: 27 October 2015
Denominations: 70c x 5
Source: Australia Post