Comment on the contributions made by the various animals (including Napoleon) to the victory of the Battle of the Cowshed.

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The animal that contributes the most to the victory at the Battle of the Cowshed is Snowball. Napoleon and the other pigs are barely mentioned during the battle. But Snowball, anticipating a human reprisal, has read a book on the military campaigns of Julius Caesar. He has trained the animals well and his strategy is perfect for this kind of encounter. He sends the pigeons ahead to spot the enemy approaching. When the pigeons see the humans about to attack, they fly to in to warn the other animals of the coming attack. The humans are tricked into rushing into battle because they believe the animals are retreating. The animals then surround the humans and defeat them. Snowball, himself is slightly wounded when Farmer Jones fires his gun at him. Boxer is the second hero. He fights seemingly without fear and at first seems to have killed one of the humans. Boxer is horrified that he might have killed someone, but the man wakes up and flees the farm. Both Snowball and Boxer are awarded the decoration of "Animal Hero, First Class". One sheep was killed in the battle and it is awarded "Animal Hero, Second Class." Later, Napoleon will question Snowball's motives and his strategy. He will describe a very different account of the battle and his role in it after Squealer rewrites the history of the Battle of the Cowshed.