During World War One, armies used cats on both ships and in the trenches to catch mice and rats. Approximately 500,000 cats were used by the armed services where they became mascots and friends to the sailors and soldiers. Of course, no one recorded how many cats were killed during the war, but chances are good that most of the cats found themselves a hiding place the moment the fighting got too intense.

Fortunately for the cats, they could easily befriend soldiers on both sides so as long as they could dodge stray bullets and artillery shells, they had a good chance of being cared for by cat lovers in both armies.

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