Sir Andrew Cunningham, GCB, DSO, C-in-C, Mediterranean Fleet, wearing his new rank of Admiral of the Fleet, photographed with his Airedale terrier 'Oliver' in the grounds of his villa. c. February 1943 Algiers

Sir Andrew Cunningham, GCB, DSO, C-in-C, Mediterranean Fleet, wearing his new rank of Admiral of the Fleet, photographed with his Airedale terrier 'Oliver' in the grounds of his villa. c. February 1943 Algiers

K-9 History: WW I One Airedale, named Jack, purportedly saved a battalion from destruction by carrying a message through one-half mile of swamp. The artillery barrage that surrounded him broke his jaw and shattered his foreleg. But he persevered, delivered his message to headquarters and then fell dead. The battalion was relieved, and Jack was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for "Gallantry in the Field."

K-9 History: WW I One Airedale, named Jack, purportedly saved a battalion from destruction by carrying a message through one-half mile of swamp. The artillery barrage that surrounded him broke his jaw and shattered his foreleg. But he persevered, delivered his message to headquarters and then fell dead. The battalion was relieved, and Jack was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for "Gallantry in the Field."

At the outbreak of war the British army had one trained dog attached to it (an Airedale), the German army had 6000.

At the outbreak of war the British army had one trained dog attached to it (an Airedale), the German army had 6000.

World War II "girls" with their Airedales. These Airedales were used in World War II as sentry (guard) dogs. This photo most likely is English. Members of the Women Auxiliary Territorial Services cared for the dogs and exercised them; although the actual training was done by men (remember, this was in the forties). Source: Obee Designs

World War II "girls" with their Airedales. These Airedales were used in World War II as sentry (guard) dogs. This photo most likely is English. Members of the Women Auxiliary Territorial Services cared for the dogs and exercised them; although the actual training was done by men (remember, this was in the forties). Source: Obee Designs

London 1946  There were very many houses in London in  ruins by the chaos of war. Many adoptable dogs and cats lived. Here, then, the first Lady of animal "Animal Ambulance" in the world was founded.

London 1946 There were very many houses in London in ruins by the chaos of war. Many adoptable dogs and cats lived. Here, then, the first Lady of animal "Animal Ambulance" in the world was founded.

Soldier and his sentry dog. Somewhere in New England, 1942.

1942 wwii original press release photo army sentry guard dog

Soldier and his sentry dog. Somewhere in New England, 1942.

Battle of Britain London Monument - F/Lt. P C Hughes

Battle of Britain London Monument - F/Lt. P C Hughes

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