Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms during

Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms during

World War II (Audiobook) by Damien Lewis
English | December 4th, 2018 | ASIN: B07KRHX1WK, ISBN: 1549121626 | [email protected] kbps | 10 hrs

14 mins | 281.80 MB
Narrator: John Chancer

From acclaimed thriller and war dog writer Damien Lewis comes the story of Smoky, the

smallest and arguably bravest dog of World War II, who served as the US military’s first

therapy dog.
Smoky the Brave is the extraordinary, touching, and true story of a heroic dog and her

adoptive masters in the jungles of the Pacific War. In February 1944, as Japanese

military advances threatened to overwhelm New Guinea, a tiny, four-pound Yorkshire

Terrier was discovered hiding in the island’s thick jungles. The GIs who discovered her

thought at first she had been a Japanese army mascot, but it turned out that she didn’t

understand commands in either Japanese or English. A mystery, she was soon adopted by US

Army Air Force Corporal William "Bill" Wynne, an air-crewman in a photo reconnaissance

squadron, and became something of a lucky charm for Wynne’s unit. When Smoky saved

Wynne’s life by barking a warning of an incoming shell as their landing craft approached

an enemy-held beach, he nicknamed her the "angel from a foxhole."
Smoky’s exploits continued when she famously jumped with the unit in a specially designed

parachute. But her most heroic feat of the war was running a cable through a seventy-foot

pipe no wider than four inches in places to enable critical communication lines to be run

across the recently occupied airbase of Luzon. Her efforts saved hundreds of ground-crew

from being exposed to enemy bombing, preventing both injury and loss of life.
In recognition of her efforts, and adding to her previously-awarded eight battle stars,

Smoky was given the PDSA’s Certificate for Animal Bravery or Devotion in 2011. In Smoky

the Brave, award-winning war-thriller author Damien Lewis brings to vivid life the danger

and excitement of the many missions of World War II’s smallest hero.


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