By Mark Pinkert
The most stimulating fragments of Susan Orlean’s book, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend, are the historical tangents about dogs in World War I and World War II. The British, French, and Germans, as it turns out, utilized dogs frequently in 1918.
Some of these dog-soldiers carried medical supplies onto the field, while others were trained to sniff out barely-living soldiers amongst the mass of bloody corpses. Some less fortunate dogs were unleashed in battle with explosives strapped around their necks. And by World War II, the United States had established a program called “Dogs for Defense” in which American citizens donated their pets to fight in the war.
The story begins with Orlean »
- Mark Pinkert
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