Elephant Company: The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War IIVicki Constantine Croke / Jan 26, 2020
Elephant Company The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II The remarkable story of James Howard Billy Williams whose uncanny rapport with the world s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elepha
The remarkable story of James Howard Billy Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a forest man for a British teak company Mesmerized by the intelligThe remarkable story of James Howard Billy Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill Billy Williams came to colonial Burma in 1920, fresh from service in World War I, to a job as a forest man for a British teak company Mesmerized by the intelligence, character, and even humor of the great animals who hauled logs through the remote jungles, he became a gifted elephant wallah Increasingly skilled at treating their illnesses and injuries, he also championed humane treatment for them, even establishing an elephant school and hospital In return, he said, the elephants made him a better man The friendship of one magnificent tusker in particular, Bandoola, would be revelatory In Elephant Company, Vicki Constantine Croke chronicles Williams s growing love for elephants as the animals provide him lessons in courage, trust, and gratitude But Elephant Company is also a tale of war and daring When Imperial Japanese forces invaded Burma in 1942, Williams joined the elite Force 136, the British dirty tricks department, operating behind enemy lines His war elephants would carry supplies, build bridges, and transport the sick and elderly over treacherous mountain terrain Now well versed in the ways of the jungle, an older, wiser Williams even added to his stable by smuggling elephants out of Japanese held territory As the occupying authorities put a price on his head, Williams and his elephants faced his most perilous test In a Hollywood worthy climax, Elephant Company, cornered by the enemy, attempted a desperate escape a risky trek over the mountainous border to India, with a bedraggled group of refugees in tow Elephant Bill s exploits would earn him top military honors and the praise of famed Field Marshal Sir William Slim Part biography, part war epic, and part wildlife adventure, Elephant Company is an inspirational narrative that illuminates a little known chapter in the annals of wartime heroism.Praise for Elephant Company I have to confess my love of elephants made me apprehensive to review a book about their role in World War II But as soon as I began to read Elephant Company, I realized that not only was my heart safe, but that this book is about far than just the war, or even elephants This is the story of friendship, loyalty and breathtaking bravery that transcends species Vicki Croke is a natural storyteller Elephant Company is nothing less than a sweeping tale, masterfully written Sara Gruen, The New York Times Book Review Elephant Company is as powerful and big hearted as the animals of its title Billy Williams is an extraordinary character, a real life reverse Tarzan raised in civilization who finds wisdom and his true self living among jungle beasts Vicki Constantine Croke delivers an exciting tale of this elephant whisperer cum war hero, while beautifully reminding us of the enduring bonds between animals and humans Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Lost in Shangri La and Frozen in Time The true life heroics of Elephant Company during World War II highlight how animals and humans together can achieve extraordinary things.
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