Dogs played an important role in WWI • They were used for different positions such as Messenger dogs, food carriers, scouts, guard dogs, and Red Cross dogs.
In trench warfare, communication was always a problem • Using human runners was dangerous due to their size, making them a big target, as well as equipment slowing them down. • Dogs were smaller, faster, and just as reliable, making them perfect for being messengers.
There were no specific breeds used in war. • Any mutt could be a dog of war, but the preferred color and size were gray dogs with a medium build
Dogs had another important role in WWI • It was said that they were a great psychological comfort to men trapped in trench warfare. • It was even said that Adolf Hitler kept a dog with him during the war. • It's estimated that Germany alone employed over 30,000 dogs.
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Works Cited • http://community-2.webtv.net/Hahn-50thAP-K9/K9History2/ • http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/dogs_in_world_war_one.htm • http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/iraq_war_03.htm