Military Dogs

Dogs have been a part of military life for as long as there have been armies. Many famous commanders have had mascot dogs and the common soldier has had dog companions as part of camp life. A dog is man's best friend even when the man is a soldier.

Mascots of a U.S. Signal Service company somewhere in India, 1942.  Soldier is identified as PFC Norman Diamond of Brooklyn, NY.
Mascots of a U.S. Signal Service company somewhere in India, 1942. Soldier is identified as PFC Norman Diamond of Brooklyn, NY.

Today in WW II: 8 Nov 1939 Hitler narrowly escapes a bomb planted in Munich at the site of his annual speech commemorating the failed 1923 Beer Hall putsch; 7 killed, 63 injured.  More 
8 Nov 1942 Operation Torch begins, 125,000 US-British troops land at Casablanca, Oran and Algiers.
8 Nov 1942 French Resistance in Algiers neutralizes the Vichy-supporting French Army command, preventing interference with Operation Torch.
8 Nov 1944 Operation Infatuate, the liberation of the Dutch Island of Walcheren, concludes with end to all German resistance.
Visit the Olive-Drab.com World War II Timeline for day-by-day events 1939-1945! See also WW2 Books.

Military Working Dogs

Organized use of dogs for military purposes began before World War I when dogs were used as messengers, sentry and patrol as well as for other tasks. During World War II the U.S. military put dogs to work in both the Pacific and Europe. Working dogs were used heavily in the Vietnam war and continue with important durites today, with emphasis on sentry/guard duty and anti-terrorist explosives detection.

War Dogs on Olive-Drab.com

This section of Olive-Drab.com is organized with these pages of information and photos about dogs in the military:

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