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Sergeant Gander : a Canadian hero

Author: Robyn Walker; Cheryl Hawley
Publisher: Toronto : Natural Heritage Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fascinating account of the Royal Rifles of Canada's canine mascot, and its devotion to duty demonstrated during one of Canada's biggest military tragedies, the Battle of Hong Kong of the Second World War. Armed only with his formidable size, an intimidating set of teeth, and a protective instinct, Gander fought alongside his fellow Canadian soldiers. As the Royal Rifles' position became more precarious, the men  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Juvenile literature
Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Biography Juvenile literature
Biographies Ouvrages pour la jeunesse
Material Type: Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Walker; Cheryl Hawley
ISBN: 9781554884636 1554884632
OCLC Number: 426221908
Description: 173 p. : ill., ports. ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Robyn Walker ; [editor, Cheryl Hawley].

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A fascinating account of the Royal Rifles of Canada's canine mascot, and its devotion to duty demonstrated during one of Canada's biggest military tragedies, the Battle of Hong Kong of the Second World War. Armed only with his formidable size, an intimidating set of teeth, and a protective instinct, Gander fought alongside his fellow Canadian soldiers. As the Royal Rifles' position became more precarious, the men were forced to retreat into the hills of Hong Kong and it was here that a group of wounded Canadians, threatened by a live grenade, came to fully appreciate the loyalty of Gander. Of all the Canadians who took part that day, only one was awarded the Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent to the Victoria Cross for humans. This honour is dedicated to animals displaying gallantry and devotion to duty while under any control of the Armed Forces. Sergeant Gander is the 19th dog to receive this medal and the first Canadian canine to do so.

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