During WW2 our canine counterparts had a role to play as well, most becoming mascots, couriers or friends to confide in and even in the case of one brave dog a ‘prisoner of war’.
1. Venus the Bulldog
The Royal Navy destroyer ‘HMS VANSITTART’ had a jolly, hat-wearing bulldog named Venus, we are not sure if her name means she stood for women empowerment as well as waging war on the enemy at sea, we would like to think so.
2. Scrappy the dog
Scrappy the dog also had a partner in crime called Joe the monkey. They were the mascots’ of American pilot Robert W Biesecker and his crew. What a great way to lift spirits.
3. Butch O’Brian
Buch O’Brian was a spaniel mascot for the US navy, here is on board his ship in the Sea of Japan. Nice to see he took safety seriously with his life jacket securely fastened.
Coupie was a hard-working mascot for the squadron in the Allied Expeditionary Air Forces. He would visit every aircraft and pilot before take-off, now that’s dedication!
There is no denying Queenie the Bulldog was a diva and of course a champion, here she is Queenie is participating in a dog show to raise money for ‘War Weapons Week’, in Twickenham.
6. Hell’s Angels Bulldog
An English bulldog was the mascot for a regiment from Quebec based in England. The photo was taken on the 11th October 1941. No one is sure of their name or any other information, apart from the fact they can ride a bike which makes them pretty cool.
Was this beautiful Samoyed the inspiration for Frozen’s Olaf? Frosty coat of fur and snowy sounding name, he could be straight out of a Disney movie. He was however the mascot of A Canadian squad, adopted by one of their men and used to accompany him on patrols.
8. Saint Bernard
Here we have a Saint Bernard making his way through a snow laden valley in France with the French patrol. He is noted by Historians to have been a very brave dog, going through that snow you would have to brave, nobody likes the cold!
9. The Airedale terriers
These two Airedale terriers are pictured at a canine training camp in England. One is wearing a special gas mask and the other carrying rations for a wounded soldier. Goes to show our four-legged friends can be just as helpful as any human
10. The Courier
Standing by the side of a French officer waiting to deliver the message he is writing. Dogs acted as couriers to scattered posts in the French zone. Using dogs removed the possibility of the messenger reading the posts, or being captured and the enemy finding it. Trusty dogs.
This lucky Terrier was found and adopted by the Members of the Fire Service from London. Spot became their mascot and got treated like on of the team.
Judy the English pointer was revered as a hero. She began her story as a ship’s dog on board HMS Grasshopper, when the ship sunk she helped save many of the crew’s lives. From there she spent three and a half years in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp, escaping death many times. She is the only dog to be registered as a Second WW Prisoner of War. This picture was taken right before she was awarded the PDSA’s version of a Victoria Cross, for her heroism during World War II.
13. Willie the Bull terrier
Not a mascot but probably a great comfort and friend for American General George S Patton during rough times. Willie would have definitely been a light relief for the general.
14. Guard dog
No one is sure of this bulldog’s name or story, apart from they are sat guarding a block of flats in London with a steel hat. In our opinion they are doing a damn good job of it, beware of the dog indeed.
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