An American soldier with cattle dog during WWII. Dogs in the field were saviors to many soldiers, not only for safety but for sanity as well.
A German SS Soldier with his companion and mascot, a red fox named “Baron” – Yes this is the original Red Baron.Hans Phillip was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II. A flying ace or fighter ace is a military aviator credited with shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial combat. He is credited with 206 enemy aircraft shot down in over 500 combat missions. He died in 1943
Here is a team during training at Fort Robinson, Nebraska in 1940.
A soldier and his German Shepherd wear gas masks to protect themselves from chemical warfare.
Exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II.
These dogs, usually Alsatians, were also called “Hundminen” or “dog mines.” They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated.
A Finnish soldier with his service dog, Hämeenlin, 1941. Dogs were important in not only the safety of the soldiers but for their mental health and well being.
A German soldier cradles a found dog as other troops carry supplies from an aircraft at an airfield in Norway during Operation Weserübung. April 10, 1940.
This heavily armed dog is ready for anything. The German Shepherd was the Nazi dog of choice for all things war related. Here Schultz the commander dog poses with explosives, boots and gun.
Soldiers pose on their tank with their trusty German Shepherd in 1941.
US Marine Jesse Goin carrying his beloved dog towards the front during the fighting on Kwajalein.
The dog sergeant armed and ready to serve.
A P-61 Black Widow crew chief with his mascot, a goat, whose horns are painted red to match the planes propeller hubs, Iwo Jima, 1945
Adolf Hitler and his beloved German Shepherd “Blondie” – 1941
Corporal Yukio Araki holding a puppy with four other young men of the 72nd Shinbu Corps around him. Araki died at the age of 17 in an attack on US ships near Okinawa on May 27, 1945.
The dogs of the QM War Dog Platoon were used off the coast of New Guinea to track down Japanese hidden in caves. 7/18/1944.
Prince, a Doberman-Pinscher Marine War Dog, gets the word about the surrender of the Japanese from his master and handler, Marine PFC Broadus H. Blakely, of Greenville, SC.
Shown in this photo is Sgt Barnosky with a message-carrying dog from group of which he personally superintends the training.
Private Rez Hester takes a nap while “Butch,” a war dog, stands guard.