Dogs are man’s best friend, through the good times and the bad. They’ve always stood by his side – even through the First World War. The U.S. War Dogs Association (USWDA) estimates 20,000 Allied dogs and 30,000 Central dogs served across the European battlefields in 1918. Another source found that more than 2,000 dogs were used on the Western Front alone. Dogs played essential roles in their military service, working so hard they barely had time for fetch.
In 1917, bull terriers had no place in the war. Mascots were limited to sports teams and service dogs were limited to the police force. Strict regulations forbade animals from living on military grounds. It’s for these reasons that no one would have expected a stray mongrel to end up becoming one of the most decorated soldiers who served in the First World War. From Connecticut to the Allied front line in France and back again, one dog changed the course of history for its entire species.
During the 20th-century numerous countries competed in what is known as the Space Race. Determined to be the first to enter space safely, they used various types of research, including the use of launching animals into space. While many animals gave their lives for this purpose one of the most notable is Félicette, a French cat.
During World War II numerous animals were sent to serve in the military, including horses, pigeons, and dogs. While many made important contributions during their service, one of note is Chips. Chips was a family dog who was later sent to fight against the Germans during World War II. During his service he did many remarkable feats causing him to be one of the most decorated dogs of World II.