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Breed for Victory!


After two years of writing, my book telling the story of the rabbit in the Second World War has finally been published. In wartime the rabbit had a completely different role from today. By keeping rabbits those on the Home front were "doing their bit", converting waste greens, table scraps and tea leaves into meat that did not need importing through submarine-infested seas. Rabbits even had their own rations, issued by the Government, with the number of breeding does drawing rations meticulously recorded by the Ministry of Agriculture. German rabbit keeping had a more sinister side. Each concentration camp had its own Angora farm, operated by the prisoners, to provide wool for warm clothing for the troops. In Britain rabbits were also companions, with rabbit keeping a solace and even a source of joy to hard pressed people of towns and cities facing destruction by bombing. Rabbits were mascots in the Armed Forces, accompanied troops on D-Day and were kept by prisoners of war. The book is available to order from Fur and Feather on 01473 652 789. 130 pages, £10.95 including postage.


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