VIDEO: Military Working Dogs Vital Part of Armed Forces Since Revolutionary War

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Spanish conquistadors used armored dogs

ABOVE VIDEO: Military working dogs have been a vital part of the armed forces since the Revolutionary War. (Video by United States Air Force Senior Airman Corey Kingsbury)

Dogs in warfare have a long history starting in ancient times. From war dogs trained in combat to their use as scouts, sentries and trackers, their uses have been varied and some continue to exist in modern military usage.

 

The earliest use of war dogs in a battle recorded in classical sources was by Alyattes of Lydia against the Cimmerians around 600 BC. The Lydian dogs killed some invaders and routed others.

During the Late Antiquity, Attila the Hun used molosser dogs in his campaigns. 

Gifts of war dog breeding stock between European royalty were seen as suitable tokens for exchange throughout the Middle Ages. Other civilizations used armored dogs to defend caravans or attack enemies. The Spanish conquistadors used armored dogs that had been trained to kill natives.

In the Far East, Emperor Lê Lợi raised a pack of 100 hounds, this pack was tended and trained by Nguyễn Xí whose skills was impressive enough to promote him to the Commander of a shock troop regiment.

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Later on, Frederick the Great used dogs as messengers during the Seven Years’ War with Russia. Napoleon also used dogs during his campaigns. Dogs were used up until 1770 to guard naval installations in France.

The first official use of dogs for military purposes in the United States was during the Seminole Wars.

Hounds were used in the American Civil War to protect, send messages and guard prisonersDogs were also used as mascots in American World War I propaganda and recruiting posters.

– Wikipedia

Military working dogs have been a vital part of the armed forces since the Revolutionary War.


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