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War dogs : a history of loyalty and heroism
Lemish, Michael G.
Personal Author:
First paperback edition.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, 1999.

Physical Description:
xv, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published 1996.

Format :


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UH100 .L46 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Michael G. Lemish is the official historian for the Vietnam Dog Handler Association. A member of the National Association for Search and Rescue, Lemish is involved in canine SAR activities. He lives in Westborough, Massachusetts, with his wife, son, and their golden retriever.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1 Origins of the Modern Military Working Dogp. 1
A Historical Perspectivep. 1
Early American Ideasp. 5
2 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
3 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
4 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
5 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
6 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
7 Lessons Learnedp. 239
The Vietnam Experiencep. 239
Changing Timesp. 244
Epiloguep. 255
Endnotesp. 259
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 277