Man has long warred against man, bringing all manner of bloody machination to rend the opposition limb from limb. For as long as man has been capable of throwing stones, he has also brought with him all manner of beast. You will likely recall stories of courageous horses, mules, dogs and perhaps carrier pigeons, but animals have "enjoyed" far stranger uses in battle. Here, commonplace creatures have been called upon to fulfill the strangest of roles.
Here's our list of the 17 strangest, most under-sung animal war heroes ever called to battle.
As well as writing articles for DVICE, Colin is releasing his debut novel, The Unshorn Thread. If you like steampunk, King Arthur or the American Civil War, you'll likely enjoy it. He's running a Kickstarter campaign to pay for his illustrator, copyeditor and some publicity. You can read the book's first chapter in full here.