First, Snowball's plans for a windmill were rebuffed by Napoleon, who sent Snowball scampering from the farm for good with a pack of dogs on his heels. Then Napoleon decided to begin work on the windmill, claiming that the idea was all his. In November, a "raging southwest wind" sent the windmill toppling, though Napoleon blamed Snowball for its destruction. Work began again and this time the walls would be twice as thick. It was completed the following autumn, but just a few days later Frederick's men came and blew it up, though the animals eventually triumphed in what became known as the Battle of the Windmill. Although Boxer did not live to see the rebuilding of the windmill a third time, it was eventually completed, though it failed to generate the electricity that was originally promised. Instead of providing warmth for the stalls of the animals,
It was used for milling corn, and brought in a handsome money profit.