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Artefact of the Month: Lance Corporal Nimrod’s Dog Blanket

Artefact of the Month: Lance Corporal Nimrod’s Dog Blanket

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Lance Corporal Nimrod’s dog blanket. 1985.1933. National Army Museum Te Mata Toa.

July’s Artefact of the Month is Lance Corporal Nimrod’s dog blanket. Nimrod was the mascot for the 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Regiment. The blanket has the 2nd Battalion crest, and Lance Corporal’s stripes on both sides.

Many animals have served alongside men and women throughout various conflicts New Zealand has been involved in. They’ve carried out various roles such as mascots, messengers and first-aid assistants, as well as transportation. In the case of war horses, they’ve even played a vital part in the battles themselves.

Animal mascots such as Nimrod are often seen as symbols of hope and good luck within a unit and they give servicemen and women a sense of normality and friendship amidst the harsh conditions of war.

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