Animals, especially dogs, have served in all the wars of men since time immemorial. During World War II, most combatant nations employed dogs on the battlefield in a number of ways including searching for injured men or downed airmen; detecting mines; carrying messages between units or dragging communications wires, particularly in difficult terrain; transporting supplies; and sentry duty.
This illustrated book is an overview of how dogs were trained and used in WWII by different countries, including the stories of some of the individual animals that served. It also summarizes the various programs established to take care of the animals and send them home after the war.
War Dog Jobs
Britain and the Commonwealth
After the War
“We are told that a dog is man’s best friend and this book goes far to proving it. It is ... a good introduction written by someone with a love of the subject.” ~ARRSE
“A new book from the Casemate Illustrated series, but covering a very different subject. Lots of photos to support the text, this is an easy read, and Casemate are to applauded for publishing such an unusual facet of warfare.” ~Tankette
“If you like dog anecdotes, you'll love this book, especially if the named dogs receive medals.” ~Historical Miniatures Gaming Society
"Anyone wanting to add an excellent history book detailing the use of dogs in military service during World War II with the allied and axis militaries to their personal library will be pleased with this informative and interesting book." ~Armorama
"...a fascinating and informative read from start to finish." ~Midwest Book Review