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December 27, 2006 in EPHEMERA, PHOTOGRAPHS & MILITARY ARTWORK
There's just something about the looks on the men's faces.
As a former soldier myself, I wonder who to feel the most pity for; the men or the pooches?
Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)
US WW2 War Correspondent collector
This comic strip appeared in the Tulsa World today (Memorial Day). Some of you may have seen it, but I am posting it for people who do not get Red & Rover in their local newspaper.
Here's a better version of that Memorial Day cartoon from yesterday...
This could go into the Book Report section or in this section.
I just finished reading "The Dog Who Could Fly" by Damien Lewis (Atria Paperback, 2015). The book is illustrated with a few B&W photos. It is about a Czech gunner flying with the French Air Force who was shot down in 1939 over the German front line. He and the French pilot escape and he rescues a German Shepard puppy and takes it back to France. When the French surrender he joins the RAF as a gunner and takes the puppy with him on flights over enemy terretory. The book covers his many assignments in the RAF and how he and the dog get along. Both survive the War and the dog lives until 1953 and dies of old age at 14.
There is obviously a story there. After-all the dog was awarded the Dickin Medal (the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross) by the British. But the story was ruined (for me) by the presentation the author chose. It could have been a very interesting book except that the dog is portrayed as a "Super dog". He can detect German aircraft coming to bomb their home base even before radar can detect them, he can warn his master of bombs coming down, he can track his master through busy city streets totally by scent, he can run down a train to catch up with his master, etc. Also the author tells you what the dog is thinking about all the time (as if he knows).
Good stuff Vincennes.
War Dogs . . . . . . . . . . .
this is a children's book that has been handed down in my family since WWII, I believe it to be a fictitious story, printed during WWII. The storyline is of the dog flying in the aircraft with his owner Squadron-Leader Leeson and crash landing in German occupied Holland and helping the Squadron-Leader escape capture and safely back to Britain.
Young enough to care and enjoy militaria - Old enough to remember as surplus
" Life's too short for reproductions "
Life is like a tank of gas, the closer you get to a quarter tank, the faster it goes
I'll start with the one that prompted this topic.
Hi GB, this has become a pretty diverse thread covering all periods of dogs used in the military, I just spotted this documentary about dogs used in Viet-Nam so I thought it might fit in here.
A couple of the Air Force dogs (and their handlers) who were working the gate with us. The kennel master let us do some training with them which was pretty fun, and educational.
Heres a nice patched mascot dog jacket i recently found..late 50s-early 60s era...mike
Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!
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