Dogs of WWII, From Mascots, to Life Savers

During WWII, dogs were used by the military, as scouts, watch dogs, mascots, and to sniff out the hiding places of the enemy. There is  no way to know how many human lives were saved by dogs, during WWII, but it is sure to number in the thousands.
Along with there ability to perform guard duty, sniff out the enemy, and other tasks, they provided countless soldiers much needed companionship, unconditional love, and a much needed diversion from the harsh realities of war. On this page are images of dogs taken during WWII.     
Dogs have long been used during wars, and are still used today, by the U.S. military. 
This dog and his handler are of the QM War Dog Platoon. Dogs were used on Biak Island, off the coast of New Guinea to find the caves and hideouts that the Japanese were hidden in.
Photo: National Archives, from record group 111. ARC Identifier 531196 / Local Identifier 111-SC-191760
This soldier from the 7th War Dog Platoon, gets some rest while his dog Butch keeps watch. Iwo Jima, 1945. 
Photo: National Archives part of record group 127. ARC Identifier 532542 / Local Identifier 127-N-110104
 This crew of a night fighter squadron, is shown with their german shepard mascot.
Photo: Australian War Memorial details
This scout dog named Sandy, was trained by the U.S. Dog Detachment for use by the Australian Army, October, 1943.                               
Photographer: Stuckey, Norman Bradford
Photo: Australian War Memorial details 
This German War Dog was wounded by the 6th Air Born Division, at Rouville. After being treated by the British army, he was flown to England to attend a British War Dogs school. 
Photo: Australian War Memorial details
This Marine and his buddy take advantage of a quiet moment, on Okinawa, beside a 105 MM Howitzer.
Photo: Australian War Memorial details
Photo Donor, K. Atkinson
 
 These dogs and their American handlers await to be transported to New Guinea. They are part of the Quartermaster War Dog Platoon. July 1944.
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details
This Australian soldier, with No. 4 Platoon, 2/1st Mechanical Equipment Co., Royal Australian Engineers, is being assited by his dog "bluey". They are shown on a Quickway Shove., Feb. 1944.
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details
 This dog attached itself to No. 3 Squadron, RAAF. Libya, 1942.
Photo: Australian War Memorial, details
 A long line of Marine Raiders with their dogs, on Bougainville, November, 1943. 
Photo: National Archives. Part of record group  127. ARC Identifier 532372 / Local Identifier 127-GR-84(68407)

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