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The author of the book: Anthony Richardson
Date of issue: October 1st 1965
ISBN 13: 9780854565771
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I love this true tale of a Czech airman and the Alsatian pup he rescued from a bombed farmhouse at the start of WW2. From almost the start he and six pals were making their way to Britain so the antics as they smuggled the pup on board trains and ships are amusing while having a serious side as we see the wholesale refugee crisis.
Jan and Antis settle in at an aerodrome but bombings, flying raids and officious staff keep them from having a guarantee of safety. On one occasion Antis helped to scent out people under the rubble of bombed houses for recovery, and on another occasion he was himself buried for days in a bomb crater. The brave dog had a great survival instinct but all he wanted was to be with Jan, something difficult to guarantee in wartime.
After the war ended Jan naturally went back to Czechoslovakia and married there, with his dog at home, but the rise of Soviet influence meant that he and his former RAF colleagues were on a list presumed to be spies and anti-Soviet. Jan was forced to flee across country to a border - something we do not hear about. He brought the dog who saved the lives of the group with herding instincts.
Antis, late in life, was granted the Dickin Medal, the first non-British animal to gain this award. There are great photos of him as a squadron mascot. The photos are all excellent and bring this period vividly to life. This author has also written biographies of a pilot, gathered RAF tales, and written the biography of a London river policeman.
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