Tuesday, 25 April 2017

TROVE TUESDAY 25TH APRIL, 2017- THE WAR THAT WENT TO THE DOGS






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THE WAR THAT WENT TO THE DOGS


So many stories are written about the bravery of men and women, not only in World War 1, but in all conflicts. 

I would like to focus on our canine heroes, those who filled so many roles, often unheralded, often unknown other than by those whose lives they affected personally.

TROVE has so many articles it was hard to choose but a few..

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From the Kiama Independent and Shoalhaven Advertiser, from Wed. 5 September 1917... almost 100 years ago...

There were said to be 10,000 trained dogs at the battle fronts.. they were trained to discern the injured from the dead, to act as messengers, to carry aid to those in need and a whole lot of deeds that otherwise diverted soldiers from battle. They were quick, fearless and obedient... the unsung heroes.




Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), Saturday 20 November 1915, page 5 

St. Bernard dogs seeking the wounded...

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From the Petersburg Times Friday 17 September, 1915
An amazing story of a dog's tenacity...in the first part of this article..







Dogs were quicker, more agile and smaller making them efficient messengers during World War One, like this dog pictured in France in 1918.





CIRCA 1914: War 1914-1918. Medical dog trailing a French wounded soldier.





I dedicate this post in memory of our beloved Buster
who gave us so much love, loyalty and laughter.
6 June 2006 - 22 April 2017
R.I.P.


6 comments:

  1. And in between they were the men's mates...a reprieve from the horrors,of,war.

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    1. There were so many side stories I could have added, but this was hard enough. They were great companions to many.

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  2. Man's best friend is so amazing and these service dogs incredible. It is so sad to say goodbye to our four legged family members, R.I.P Buster.

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  3. Thanks for your comment, Kerryn.

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  4. Lovely story. Thanks for sharing. Truly man's best friend!

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  5. Thank you for your kind comment. As a dog lover, I've always been appreciative of the roles that they played in so many battles.

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