Today dogs are still used in armies all around the world. They played a crucial role in WW1. Proving themselves to be just as dependable as soldiers. Their jobs were many in combat, sniffing out enemies, carrying supplies, finding the wounded, delivering messages and companionship. Around a million dogs died during the First World War.
And in World War II dogs were still playing a crucial role in warfare. During World War II in Australia, there was a dog whose hearing was so acute that it was able to warn Air Force personnel of incoming Japanese planes 20 minutes before they arrived, and before they showed up on radar. “Gunner” was able to differentiate the sounds of allied and enemy aircraft. - Source
The video below and thought to be over sixty years old, shows paratroop dogs training for an arctic rescues in Canada and the second clip shows a dog called 'Chips' carrying medical supplies.
It does make your heart jump when you see the first one thrown out of the plane and the landings are a bit hit and miss, but the dogs seem pretty much unscathed and ready to get on with business once all fours are back on ground. Dogs are such forgiving animals.
Dogs are today still very much part of the front line and the amazing image below shows a US Military dog jumping out of a helicopter. The U.S. Air Force dogs have been airborne for decades now. The earliest flying dogs though were Soviet Force Military dogs in the 1930s.
Dogs are nowadays usually jumped in tandem with their trainers, but when they can be properly fitted with flotation vests and have the aptitude for it, they can make short jumps into water on their own.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.