Wars, especially those in the past were the last places where you would expect to see even the most subtle displays of love. In fact, one would barely expect soldiers to be able to spend quality time with their pets.
Animals in the military, particularly dogs, are usually used for combat purposes while others such as horses offer the convenience of transport. In some cases, soldiers used birds such as pigeons to communicate vital information between camps. However, some photos demonstrate that some soldiers did keep pets just for company. Below are some images that capture the rare, peaceful moments when soldiers were allowed to take a momentary break from the harsh realities of battle with a special friend.