In what ways did the animals perform like a disciplined army in the Battle of the Cowshed? How is this battle different from the Rebellion?

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In the Battle of the Cowshed the animals followed the directions of Snowball, who had been studying the campaigns of Julius Caesar. The different animals acted in groups like soldiers and had specific duties and objectives. The Battle of the Cowshed is different from the original Rebellion because in that event the animals all acted spontaneously and individually. There was no planning because it was a desperate reaction to the privations all the animals had been suffering under Mr. Jones's drunken despotism. In Chapter II, one of the hungry cows breaks into store shed and all the animals begin to help themselves to food.  When Jones and his men try to drive them off with whips, "With one accord, though nothing of the kind had been planned beforehand, they flung themselves upon their tormentors."

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