Sgt. Stubby was a World War I war dog who warned soldiers of mustard gas and found wounded men. He served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles. He lived through the war and died peacefully in 1926. 'CRED WIKMEDIA COMMONS.
Sgt. Stubby was a World War I war dog who warned soldiers of mustard gas and found wounded men. He served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles. He lived through the war and died peacefully in 1926. CREDIT: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Military Animal Companions Gabriel Putnam, Background - Historic Military Animal Use - Cavalry Mounted soldiers (horses, camels, elephants) Mobile infantry (ride to battlefield then dismount) Earliest known in century BC with Iranians Mostly phased out during the 1930's - Mascots Known since the 18th century British Still used extensively by Commonwealth Nations - Used widely in UK, Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, and New Zealand Limited use in America - Two mules and a wolfhound in the Army - Bulldogs in the Marines - Several Navy ships have canine mascots A few others in Spain and Sri Lanka - Attack Animals Knockdown or tackling (dogs, Greeks, Romans, Spanish) Frighten warriors or animals (Egyptian lions, Greek pigs)
Mercy dogs were trained during World War I to seek out wounded soldiers. They carried first-aid supplies that could then be used by wounded soldiers and comforted dying soldiers who were mortally wounded. They have been credited with saving thousands of lives.
Military Hero Dog Lay saved the lives of fellow soldiers during an ambush in Afghanistan. Despite being shot four times by an AK 47, she managed to tackle and subdue an enemy combatant, protecting her handler and other members of the coalition. She survived after several surgeries but lost her right front leg. She was even awarded