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War Dogs : A History of Loyalty and Heroism - Michael G. Lemish

War Dogs

A History of Loyalty and Heroism

Paperback Published: 1st November 1999
ISBN: 9781574882162
Number Of Pages: 304

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Now in trade paperback, War Dogs provides an eye-opening look at unsung canine heroes from World War I to the present. Terriers, shepherds, beagles, collies, huskies, and Dobermans are only a few of the breeds that have pulled sleds, searched caves and bunkers, and even parachuted into combat. Michael Lemish has collected true stories and rare photographs that reflect the strong bonds that have formed between war dogs and their masters as they worked together in dangerous situations. Anyone who has ever loved a dog will love this salute to these four-legged heroes.

"Astonishing stories about military working dogs...rare, compelling photographs...a fascinating piece of history." ""War Dogs" tells the fascinating, bittersweet story of our unsung animal heroes. It is a poignant tribute to the fifty thousand canine soldiers who have served our country, often at the expense of their own lives." "Once I started reading "War Dogs", I couldn't put it down. Finally a book has been written to honor our K9 heroes. Anyone who loves dogs should buy this book." "For those interested in dogs and American military history, this book is a must. Like the tent, the military dog has never become obsolete. Lemish's accounts of the ups and downs of our military dog programs and our GIs' personal experiences with their dogs make this book fascinating reading."

Prefacep. ix
Origins of the Modern Military Working Dogp. 1
A Historical Perspectivep. 1
Early American Ideasp. 5
The World War I Experiencep. 11
The Mercy Dogs 1914-1918p. 11
Fleet-footed Messengersp. 17
Final Participantp. 21
Stubby: American Mascot Herop. 24
Aftermathp. 28
Between the Warsp. 30
Starting from Scratchp. 33
Another War and Still No Dogsp. 33
The Volunteer Effortp. 35
Establishment of War Dog Centersp. 41
Guarding the Home Frontp. 47
Cat Islandp. 53
Marine Devildogsp. 59
Search and Rescuep. 64
Ready for Combatp. 73
Chipsp. 73
Focus on Tactical Dogsp. 78
M-dogs: Experimental Failurep. 94
Bougainvillep. 97
CBI Detachmentp. 103
European Operationsp. 110
The Pacific Battlesp. 117
Return of the Canine Veteransp. 142
Postwar and Koreap. 149
Official Chaosp. 149
Into Battle Againp. 152
Yankee--Take Your Dog and Go Home!p. 158
Enter the Air Forcep. 161
The Vietnam Sagap. 167
War on the Horizonp. 167
On Guard against the VCp. 172
Return of the Scout Dogsp. 182
The M-dog Returnsp. 197
Hunting the Viet Congp. 206
The Superdog Programp. 214
Four-Footed Radarp. 217
The Hostile Environmentp. 222
Exilep. 230
Lessons Learnedp. 239
The Vietnam Experiencep. 239
Changing Timesp. 244
Epiloguep. 255
Endnotesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9781574882162
ISBN-10: 1574882163
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st November 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43

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