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Paddy, a gassed case

Paddy, a gassed case Image by National Library of Scotland Bandaged dog that worked in the front line trenches, in France, during World War I. With bandages on all four paws, this dog – called ‘Paddy’ – carried out a range of hazardous duties in a front line trench, despite the shellfire and poison gas. […]

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Military Police had their work cut out to keep the dogs off the parade ground

Military Police had their work cut out to keep the dogs off the parade ground Image by National Library of Scotland Two military police dogs and their handler, during World War I. Two dogs are straining to escape this soldier. He is alone down the front of the field and silhouetted against the hill in […]

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Dominion journalists visit messenger dog depot in France

Dominion journalists visit messenger dog depot in France Image by National Library of Scotland The value of war photography is not restricted to capturing the conditions and consequences of battles; it also records the more curious or obscure details of life during wartime. This is one such detail, a field of lines of individual kennels, […]

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War messenger dog in the front area swimming across a canal to reach its master and deliver a message

War messenger dog in the front area swimming across a canal to reach its master and deliver a message Image by National Library of Scotland Messenger dog paddling across a canal to reach its handler, in France, during World War I. The dog pictured swimming across this canal worked as a messenger dog in the […]

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Dog delivering a message, a shell hole being used as a temporary post

Dog delivering a message, a shell hole being used as a temporary post Image by National Library of Scotland Messenger dog bringing a message to soldiers in a shell hole in France, during World War I. A dog-handler unfastening the collar of a messenger dog, so as to read the message that has been sent […]

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Messenger dogs with their keepers going across country up to the front line

Messenger dogs with their keepers going across country up to the front line Image by National Library of Scotland Messenger dogs and their handlers marching to the Front, in France, during World War I. Straining at the leash, these messenger dogs and their keepers are apparently on their way to the front line trenches. In […]

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Messenger dog base just behind the line

Messenger dog base just behind the line Image by National Library of Scotland Messenger dogs on parade outside their kennels, in France, during World War I. Messenger dogs and their handlers stand beside some kennels close to the front line. Rolled up messages placed inside waterproof containers would have been attached to the collars of […]

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Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I

Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I Image by National Library of Scotland Messenger dog with its handler, in France, during World War I. This collie dog worked as a messenger in the front line under constant gunfire. A scrolled up message can be seen attached to the dogs collar. Dogs […]

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Reading a message this dog has just delivered

Reading a message this dog has just delivered Image by National Library of Scotland Dog-handler reading a message brought by a messenger dog, in France, during World War I. With his soaking wet messenger beside him, this handler is checking a message that this dog has just carried to him. The message would been scrolled […]

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British messenger dogs with their handler, France, during World War I

British messenger dogs with their handler, France, during World War I Image by National Library of Scotland British messenger dogs with their handler, France, during World War I. A British soldier holds three dogs which were trained to carry messages between the lines and command during World War I. Usually the dogs had been strays, […]

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