German infantryman of the interwar Reichswehr with his German Shepherd war dog. The German army had a long tradition of K-9 units mostly serving as pioneers and pathfinders. War dogs were also extensively deployed in searching for wounded, sniff explosives, and used as runners.
BALTO Balto was the lead sled dog on the last leg of a famous, life-saving medical delivery to Nome, Alaska, in 1925. There was a serious outbreak of diphtheria in the city, and medical officials needed antitoxins to prevent the upper respiratory tract infection from spreading. The nearest doses were in Anchorage. Officials were forced to rely on dogsleds to deliver the antitoxins because the extreme cold made other modes of transport impossible. The run took seven days. By the time…
Korean women who, under Japanese occupation, were forced to become comfort women to Japanese troops. Comfort women of World War II remain one of the most controversial issues when dealing with Japanese war crimes.
Released to the world in 2009, this undated photo shows the Blitz rescue dog known as Rip as he rescued a trapped victim from a bombed out building in London. Rip was a stray dog who became something of a War hero after being found homeless and starving during a bombing raid on London.