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March 16, 2016

14 Heartwarming Vintage Photographs of Soldiers Posing With Their Dogs During World War I

Dogs in warfare have a long history starting in ancient times. From 'war dogs' trained in combat to their use as scouts, sentries and trackers, their uses have been varied and continue to exist in today in modern warfare.

From 1914 to 1918 about a million dogs died in action. Lots of dog breeds were used during WWI, but the most popular type of dogs were medium sized, intelligent and trainable breeds. Two in particular were used because of the their superior strength, agility, territorial nature and trainability; Doberman Pinscher's and GSD's. Other breeds associated with WWI were smaller breeds such as terriers, who were most often employed as 'ratter'; dogs trained to hunt and kill rats in the trenches.

Dogs of the First World War has been created from Libby Hall's vast collection of old photographs of dogs, housed in the Institute's library. These remarkable images show the companionship and loyalty between the soldiers and the dogs who served them.


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