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."
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