My readers will be happy to know about this new book release: Smoky the Brave: How a Feisty Yorkshire Terrier Mascot Became a Comrade-in-Arms during World War II by bestselling thriller author—and lifelong dog lover—Damien Lewis.
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 the Japanese military threatened to overwhelm New Guinea, a tiny, four-pound Yorkshire Terrier was discovered hiding in the island's thick jungles. She did not respond to commands in Japanese or English. Her origins a mystery, she was soon adopted by US Army Air Force Corporal William Wynne. When Smoky saved Wynne's life by barking a warning of an incoming shell, he nicknamed her the "angel from a foxhole."
Smoky's exploits continued when she famously jumped with Wynne’s unit in a specially designed parachute. In her most heroic feat of the war, she ran a cable through a small, seventy-foot pipe to enable communications across a recently occupied airbase at Luzon. Her efforts saved hundreds of her fellow service members from exposure to enemy bombing.
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.
Smoky the Brave is available at fine book stores everywhere.