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A German soldiers with his dog, c. 1916 

A German soldiers with his dog, c. 1916 

Source / June 23, 2014 / 227

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A Soviet soldier feeding an owl, c. 1945

A Soviet soldier feeding an owl, c. 1945

Source / June 10, 2014 / 399

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Eustace the mouse with members of the crew, on board LCT 947 during the landing operations/6 June 1944

Eustace the mouse with members of the crew, on board LCT 947 during the landing operations/6 June 1944

Source / June 06, 2014 / 92

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Indian cavalryman in France, c. 1917

Indian cavalryman in France, c. 1917

Source / April 22, 2014 / 39

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Reading a message this dog has just delivered. He has just swam across a canal to get to his master, c. 1917

The message would been scrolled up inside a waterproof container attached to the dogs collar. It is likely that the kit bag worn on the handlers chest would have contained the incoming and outgoing messages.  After recruitment from Battersea Dogs’ Home, trainee messenger dogs were trained for service at The War Dog Training School in Shoeburyness, England. Once their training had been completed, the dogs were posted to kennels at Etaples in France, which was close to the Western Front. The dogs were then posted to kennels just behind the front line, where they joined up with infantry regiments.

Reading a message this dog has just delivered. He has just swam across a canal to get to his master, c. 1917

The message would been scrolled up inside a waterproof container attached to the dogs collar. It is likely that the kit bag worn on the handlers chest would have contained the incoming and outgoing messages.

After recruitment from Battersea Dogs’ Home, trainee messenger dogs were trained for service at The War Dog Training School in Shoeburyness, England. Once their training had been completed, the dogs were posted to kennels at Etaples in France, which was close to the Western Front. The dogs were then posted to kennels just behind the front line, where they joined up with infantry regiments.

Source / April 21, 2014 / 158

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Capt. Vernon Castle with their mascot, c. 1920

Capt. Vernon Castle with their mascot, c. 1920

Source / April 18, 2014 / 66

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An airman smiles for the camera with a baby magpie perched on his cap, on the deck of the troopship which was transporting him back to England from France; The magpie was the troopship’s mascot.

An airman smiles for the camera with a baby magpie perched on his cap, on the deck of the troopship which was transporting him back to England from France; The magpie was the troopship’s mascot.

Source / March 18, 2014 / 185

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An officer of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) with a dog.

An officer of the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF) with a dog.

Source / March 10, 2014 / 191

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