Dogs during WW1 Sada Ahlman

Dogs were a vital part of WW1 navigating the trenches and braving the western front. Many dog breeds were used the war and all sides were believed to use them.

These dogs did the jobs that humans didn't want to do or joined them in their work.

Dogs have been used ever since they've started to be tamed. The first world war was no exception.

Germany: 30,000

France, Belgium, and Britain: 20,000

Italy: 3,000

Jobs of dogs in WW1

Sentry dogs: These dogs were trained to growl when sensing danger and kept on a short leash.

Scout dogs: Scout dogs are similar to Sentry dogs in the way that they are kept on they are kept on a leash, but these leashes were longer and the dogs were trained to make as little sound as possible.

Mercy dogs: Mercy dogs were dogs that were trained to carry packs on their backs and deliver it to wounded soldiers (which they were also responsible for finding). In the cases that a soldier was to injured to save, the dogs would lie with them as they die.

Mascot dogs: Theses dogs purpose were to give comfort to soldiers.

Messenger dogs: Possibly holding the most responsibility of the jobs for dogs in WW1 were the messenger dogs. These dogs only job was to deliver messages and escape death. The messages could consist of anything from general information to coordinates of the enemy forces.

Legacy: Dogs (like stated earlier) have been used in wars and battles since they began with humans, but WW1 did something really special. It amplified the use of dogs in war and showed people dogs can do a lot of good. In WW1 and dog earned the title of a Sargent and captured and enemy spy. This will not be the only instance of dogs doing amazing things. A dog named Chips will earn a silver star and purple heart in WW2. Military dogs will effect every war that follows. Dogs will continue to fight in every battle.

IMPACT: People know this as a fact dogs will be in our lives and our grand-kids lives they will continued to be our pets and some will be solderers, without them WW1 could of shed much more blood.

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