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Dogs of War


This photograph shows Airedale Terriers who were taught to use gas masks as part of their military service. Airedale Terriers were widely used during the First World War and to a lesser extent also the Second World War. They were given many tasks, including sentry duty, searching for wounded soldiers, running telephone cables, and carrying written messages in a specially adapted collar. It has been reported that over 3000 Airedales lost their lives in the trenches.