Dogs were first used in war by the Egyptians in 4000 BC. Although war dog training programs were reduced or canceled by the British and the Americans in the 1930s (but not the Germans, which was actually expanded in the days leading up to the European War), by 1942 dog training had picked up steam once again. During WW2, dogs were employed for a wide array of tasks, serving as sentries, as messengers, as propaganda pieces, even as suicide attackers. The below is a small collection of photographs of some of these four-legged participants of WW2.
When the Japanese Army war dog Saburo was deployed to the front lines in 1937, he received all the encouragement and honor that a soldier would.
Like most pet owners, Hitler treated his German Shepherd dog Blondi as one of his favorite companions. When the Soviet troops neared Berlin, he feared a Soviet capture of Blondi so much that he ordered her to be killed shortly before he committed suicide.
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"Goddam it, you'll never get the Purple Heart hiding in a foxhole! Follow me!"
Captain Henry P. Jim Crowe, Guadalcanal, 13 Jan 1943
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