"Halifax" the cat came aboard while the US destroyer (now transferred to the Royal Navy) was in a Canadian port. Halifax was the ship's mascot and wore an HMS cap ribbon round his neck. Oct. 1940

"Halifax" the cat came aboard while the US destroyer (now transferred to the Royal Navy) was in a Canadian port. Halifax was the ship's mascot and wore an HMS cap ribbon round his neck. Oct. 1940

WW1 Royal Artillery cat.

July 1918 - Kittens and shells: an officer of 444 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery (RGA), smokes a pipe as he supervises a kitten balancing on a 12 inch gun shell near Arras.

German soldier with a ginger moggie.

German soldier with a ginger moggie.

A soldier held a cat on top of his helmet during the war

Remarkable images capture lighter side of the Second World War

US Marine Corporal Edward Burckhardt, of Yonkers, New York, sports a kitten that he found at the base of Suribachi Yama on the battlefield at Iwo Jima when he came ashore with the Marine Division. March 1945 (Edward Burckhardt died on August 8 aged

1943: A U.S. Marine shares his water bottle with a stray kitten found under a burned-out Japanese tank on Tarawa

Colourised snaps reveal Pacific War horror as bombs explode around the wounded

1943: A U.S. Marine shares his water bottle with a stray kitten found under a burned-out Japanese tank on Tarawa

Cat with infantryman

*Soldier and kitty.melts my heart, God Bless Our Soldiers.

The feline mascot of the light cruiser HMS Encounter, peers from the muzzle of a 6-inch gun.

The feline mascot of the light cruiser HMS Encounter, peers from the muzzle of a 6-inch gun.

An American soldier knelt down and gave a cat some water during the conflict which lasted six years from 1939 and 1945. It is just one of a collection of images which shows the lighter side to the war and show how the soldiers enjoyed playing with the local animals

Remarkable images capture lighter side of the Second World War

Marine combat cameraman Norman Hatch feeds a kitten underneath a Japanese tank on Tarawa Atoll, WWII.

Togo, the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought. (Image, IWM - Q 22887)

Naval mascot Togo, the cat mascot of the battleship HMS Dreadnought.

Tank tracks make an excellent hiding place

After the smoke of battle had cleared on Betio Island, Tarawa, this tiny kitten crept out from beneath a wrecked Japanese tank, to receive a drink from a U. Marine,” Source: U.

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