Smoky the Brave : How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms During World War II
by Lewis, Damien

Documents the story of the U.S. military's first therapy dog, a four-pound Yorkshire Terrier noted for remarkable acts of courage, including her famous jump from a plane using a specially designed parachute.

Damien Lewis is a lifelong dog lover and award-winning writer who spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones for the BBC and other global news organizations. He is the bestselling author of more than twenty books, many of which are being adapted into films or television series, including military history, thrillers, and several acclaimed memoirs about military working dogs. Lewis lives in Dorchester, England, with his family and retired assistance dog black Labrador Moxie.

A small, scared dog was found hiding in a foxhole on the coast of New Guinea and was rescued by one of the men assigned to the 26th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron. Smokums, named for her smoky grey-blue coat, was in bad shape but found a champion in U.S. Army Air Force Private First Class William "Bill" Wynne. Nursing her back to health, Wynne quickly discovered Smoky was a powerhouse of intelligence and determination, and she brought endless joy to all in her presence. Lewis' (A Dog Called Hope, 2017) thoughtful description of events, large-scale as well as specific to the 26th squadron, delivers a welcome new soldier's perspective on life in the Pacific Theater. The dangers facing the squadron charged with taking, developing, and delivering photographs of enemy targets and troop movements is carefully detailed and may surprise readers. For those deeply intrigued by Smoky and Wynne, Lewis provides additional information in the back matter. This is a great suggestion for readers who enjoy learning more about Asian-Pacific campaigns during WWII as well as dogs and dog training. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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