Dogs have a long history in the military, and for good reason — their acute sense of smell gives them the ability to detect landmines and enemy troops, their reaction time is unparalleled in the service, and, with their human counterparts, they make up half of a nearly unstoppable force.
Today military dogs are used for everything from bomb sniffing to guard duty to attack dogs, and their history goes all the way back to being used as battlefield messengers. They are highly skilled, highly trained, and highly efficient partners to the brave men and women in the Armed Forces.
However, there wasn’t always a dog division in the United States military. During World War I, the U.S. was the only nation without a canine unit. Then, during World War II, Quartermaster Edmond Gregory set forth an initiative to recruit dogs for military service, which turned out to be incredibly successful.
This clip is taken from the Department of Defense’s television series, which sought to examine the various military branches during the middle twentieth century. Tour the military dog branch as it was in post-World War II Europe.
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