Did you know that pigeons parachuted? That it took more than a quarter of a million cows to make a Zeppelin? Discover this and much more in the Imperial War Museum’s new book Weird War One.

Weird War One, published by IWM, is a collection of the weird, the wonderful and the downright eccentric from deep within the First World War archives at Imperial War Museums. This book tells the often untold stories of the ‘war to end all wars’ and will leave readers with bizarre and interesting facts to share with friends and family.

Find out more about dazzle camouflage, shovel shields, trench gardening, invisible ink and Kaiser toilet roll. Read the stories of forgotten people and roles, such as Boy Scout defenders, death-defying servicemen, brilliant inventors and hapless spies. Meet Douglas the ventriloquist dummy used by Arthur Langley Handen of the Royal Artillery and Jackie the Baboon who served with the 3rd South African Infantry.

Amid the destructive darkness of the First World War this book celebrates the individuals who showed creativity, ingenuity, courage, camaraderie and above all humour.

Available to borrow from Palmerston North City Libraries