130 A5 pages, soft back, illustrated. 1st edition 2016.
In wartime the rabbit had a different role from that of the popular pet of today. By keeping rabbits those on the Home Front were “doing their bit”, converting table scraps and waste greens into meat not imported through perilous seas. The Government issued rations to rabbits, and furs and Angora wool were exported to help pay for the war. Wild rabbits were exterminated, increasing agricultural production. German rabbit keeping had a more sinister side. Each concentration camp had its own Angora farm, operated by prisoners, to provide wool for warm clothing for troops. In Britain rabbits were also companions, with rabbit keeping a solace and even a source of joy to hard pressed people of towns and cities facing destruction by bombing. Rabbits were mascots in the Armed Forces, accompanied troops on D-Day, and were kept by prisoners of war. This is the story of the rabbit in the Second World War.