When researching for my book 'Breed for Victory!' on rabbits in the Second World War, I found many references to disastrous attempts to produce rabbits for food in the Great War of 1914-1918. So what went wrong? With the help of the British Library and the Fur and Feather Archives I found out. There were, however, also many achievements to celebrate, and some fascinating stories of the soldier-fanciers on the Western Front.
The result was 'War Rabbits,' the story of the rabbits of the First World War, and also of the people who kept them. Published by Printing For Pleasure Ltd, the company producing Fur and Feather (which in 1918 was already the oldest rabbit paper), it will be released on Armistice Day 2018. Available by telephone on 01473 652789 and shortly on www.furandfeather.co.uk