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A resource page for books, magazine and newspaper articles on military dogs.


Burnam, John C., Dog Tags of Courage: The Turmoil of War and the Rewards of Companionship, Lost Coast Press, 1999, 355 p.

Cramer, Richard Ben, “They Were Heroes Too”, Parade Magazine, April 1, 2001.

Lemish, Michael. War Dogs; A History of Loyalty and Heroism. Batsford Brassey, Inc., 1999. 304 p.

Lubow, Robert E. The War Animals. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1977. 255 p.

Sanderson, Jeanette. War Dog Heroes: True Stories of Dog Courage in Wartime. Apple/Scholastic, Inc.,1997, 96 p.

Thurston, Mary E. “Battle Rages on for War Dog Recognition”, Dog World, August 1999

Thurston Mary E. “Canine War Heroes Deserve Stamp of Approval”, Dog World, August 1997

Thurston Mary E. “From Homefront to Homelife: aging war dog’s light sparks heated national campaign for K9 retirement,” Dog World, June 2001

Thurston, Mary E. “Jack, Stubby, Ebony, Zucha, Bub–All were Soldiers of a Sort, All were Dogs.” Mil Hist (Feb 1994): pp. 26, 28 & 87-88. Per.

Thurston Mary E. , “The Dogs of War,” pp 174-208, The Lost History of the Canine Race (Andrews and McMeel: Kansas City), 1996

Waller, Anne E., “Dogs and National Defense”, pp 63, U.S. Army Office of Quartermaster General, 1958

White, Joseph J. and Luther, Luana (Editor). Ebony and White: A Story of the Canine Corps, Doral Publishing. 1996. 168 p


Clark, Wm. H. The History of the United States Army Veterinary Corps in Vietnam, 1962-73. Ringgold, GA: Clark, 1991. 230 p. DS557.7V45C52. See index.

Janke, Stephen A. “At Cam Ranh Bay Air Base, the K-9 Dogs…Helped Keep the Enemy at Bay.” Vietnam (Dec 1991): pp. 10, 62-4. Per.

Morgan, Paul. K-9 Soldiers: Vietnam and After. Hellgate Press, 1999, 184 p.

Rubenstein, SP4 Wain, “Scout Dogs”, Danger Forward, The Magazine of the Big Red One, Vietnam, June 1969 1st Infantry Division’s 41st Scout Dog Platoon in Lai Khe

U.S. Army. 1st Cav Div. “The 1st Cavalry Division’s Combat Tracker Teams.” Report on 62d Infantry Platoon (Combat Tracker), Jan 1968-Mar 1969.” 30 p. UZ260U54.

18th MP Brigade. “Special Operational Report–Lessons Learned…,” 10 Jul 1970. 43 p. ORLL, VNColl. Sentry dog utilization.

U.S. Army Infantry Center. Scout Dog Detachment “History of Scout Dog Detachment.” Typescript & photocopy, Ft Benning, GA, 1967. 20 p. MiscFile (Animal-Dog). Incls 26th & 51st Inf Plts (Scout Dog).

U.S. Dept of Army. Army Concept Team in Vietnam. “60th Infantry Platoon (Scout Dog) (Mine/Tunnel Detector Dog).” Report, Dec 1969. ca 75 p. #606-60-1969.

Warsinke, John. Company Command in Vietnam…Oral History Collections. Special Bib 26, Nov 1990. ca 250 p. Ref/Z6724H6U55no26 See Sec II, p. 61, for identity of pertinent interviews.

World War II

“Army Mule has Rival in Antarctic Sled Dog.” Reserve Officer (Sep 1941): p. 23. Per. Trng for Newfoundland duty.

“Army’s M-Dogs Detect Enemy Mines.” Military Review 25 (Jun 1945): p. 25. Per. From Ordnance (Jan-Feb 1945) on mine-sniffing dogs.

Behan, John M. Dogs of War. NY: Scribner’s, 1946. 80 p. D810A65B43.

Berman, Harry B. “Dogs in War.” Coast Artillery Journal 86 (May-Jun 1943): pp. 8-11. Per. Trng at Camp Haan, CA.

Brimmer, Howard W. “War Dogs.” Field Artillery Journal 27 (Jul-Aug 1940): pp. 256-63. Per.

Brock, H.I. “The WAAGS.” NY Times Mag (6 Sep 1942): pp. 12-13. On microfilm. MF.

Buecker, Thomas R. “The Fort Robinson War Dog Reception and Training Center, 1942-1946” Military History of the West (Spring 1997), pp.33-58

Buecker, Thomas R. “Mules, Horses and Dogs–Fort Robinson in World War II.” Periodical: Journal of the Council on American Military Past” (Apr 1989): pp. 34-48. Per.

Cerberus. “War Dogs.” Infantry Journal (Jan-Feb 1940): pp. 67-68. Per.

Cochran, Avery M. “Canine Cartridge Carrier.” Infantry Journal 47 (Jul-Aug 1940): pp. 355-57. Per.

“Dogs in the Jungle.” Infantry Journal 56 (Jan 1945): pp. 31 & 33-34. Per. 41st Inf Div’s scout/messenger dogs, Southwest Pacific.

Downey, Fairfax. Dogs for Defense. NY: McDonald, 1955. 159 p. D810A65D6.

Dog of War. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1944. 153 p. UZ260D68. A novel.

Emery, Harry L. “War Dogs.” Cavalry Journal 54 (Nov-Dec 1945): pp. 52-53. Per. Describes 4-hr course at Cav School on use of dogs w/cav units.

Frank, Jay. “Corps K9.” Army Life (Nov 1942): pp. 6-7. Per.

Godsol, M.B. “Pal Joins the Army.” Quartermaster Review 22 (Mar-Apr 1943): pp. 54 & 134-37. Per. War dog recept ctr, Ft Robinson, NE.

Going, Clayton C. Dogs at War. NY: Macmillan, 1945. 179 p. UZ260G6. Dog heroes.

Goldstraw, Laurie. “The Paratrooper and His Dog.” After the Battle (No. 74, 1991): pp. 28-33. Per. Yes, parachuting dogs (British).

“Handling, Feeding and Care of War Dogs.” Military Review 23 (May 1943): pp. 60-63. Per. From Hawaiian Dept’s Trng Memo 16.

Miller, Everett B. United States Army Veterinary Service in World War II. In the series Medical Department, United States Army. Wash, DC: Office of Surgeon General, 1961. 779 p. D807UA56v4. See pp. 615-42.

“Pigeons: An Experiment in Teaming Pigeons and Dogs.” Signal Corps Tech Info Letter (Jan 1944): pp. 45-47. Per. At Cat Is, MS, because of its similarity to Pacific Island jungles.

Putney, William “Always Faithful: A Memoir of the dogs of WWII,” The Free Press: New York, May 2001, 240 pp.

Rannells, Karl. “War Dogs on Morotai Island.” Mil Rev 25 (Jul 1945): pp. 44-45. Per.

Risch, Erna, & Kieffer, Chester L. The Quartermaster Corps: Organization, Supply, and Services. Vol II. In series U.S. Army in World War II. Wash, DC: OCMH 1955. pp. 323-37. D769A533v6pt2v2.

Sackton, Frank J. “Infantry Scout Dogs.” Inf Jrnl 58 (Sep 1945): p. 53. Per.

Stauffer, Alvin P., Jr. “The War Dog Program.” Photostat of portions of study prepared at Hist Sec, Office of QMG, 1945/1946. Table of contents, pp. 40-41, 44-47, 53-54, 60-62, 83-85, 91-93, 108-109 & 111. MiscFiles (Animals-Dogs).

U.S. War Dept. War Dogs. Technical Manual 10-396, Jul 1943. 144 p. TMs.

Bureau of Pub Relations. “War Dogs Trained by U.S. Army Now in Action in Battle Areas.” Press release for 7 Feb 1943. 5 p. UZ260U58.

“War Casualty Dog.” Army Navy Register (6 May 1944): p. 3. Per. Med Fld Srv School, Carlisle Bks. Teaches dogs to report casualties.

“War Dogs.” Infantry Journal 51 (Oct 1942): pp. 74-77. Per.

“War Dogs Platoon.” Army Navy Register (2 Jun 1945): p. 25. Per. 26th QM War Dog Plt on Morotai Is.

White, Wm. R. Red Rock II of the K-9 Corps, A.U.S.: A Dog’s Tale. Phila: Olivier, 1950. PZ3W58Re. A novel.

“War Dog Training Center–Hawaiian Department.” QM Rev 22 (May-Jun 1943): pp. 43-44 & 138-39. Per.

Yoseloff, Thomas. Dogs for Democracy: The Story of America’s Canine Heroes in the Global War. NY: Ackerman, 1944. 32 p. UZ260Y6.

World War I (And After)

Cahill, Howard F. “Animals in the A.E.F., World War I.” Typescript, Hist Sec AWC. D639A65.

“The Dogs of War in Modern Battle.” Army Ordnance 9 (Sep-Oct 1928): pp. 112ff. Per.

France. Ministere de la Guerre. Manuel de Dressage et d’Utilisation des Chiens de Transmission. Paris: Charles-Lavauzelle, 1925. 31 p. UJ210.35F7.

Germany. Reichswehrministerium. Ausrustungsverzeichnis fur Heereshunde. Berlin: 1921. 8 p. UZ260G3.

Henck, Wilhelm. Der Hund auf dem Schlachtfelde. Cassel: Weber, 1915. 95 p. UJ210.35H4.

Jones, E.C. “Military Dogs: Use and Training, European War.” Mil Surgeon (Apr 1917): pp. 395ff. Per.

Leyen, von der. Instruction Pour le Traitement, le Dressage et L’Emploi des Chiens de Guerre dans les Bataillons de Chasseurs…. Paris: Charles-Lavauzelle, 1916. 45 p. UZ260L4.

Oeller, Alois. Der Deutsche Sanitatshund. Munchen, Gotteswinter (1916). 70 p. UZ260O3.

Richardson, Edwin H. British War Dogs. London: Skeffington, 1920. 288 p. UZ260R5.

Rohan, Jack. Rags: The Story of a Dog Who Went to War. NY: Harper, 1930. 242 p. PZ10.3R636Rag.

Smith, Bertha Whitridge. Only a Dog: A Story of the Great War. NY: Dutton, 1917. 111 p. PZ10.3S65. A novel.

“Use of Dogs in the War and Proposed Employment in U.S.” Army Navy Register (20 May 1916): p. 655. Per.

Wael, Gaston de. Le Chien Auxiliaire du Combattant. Bruxelles: Guggenhoudt, 1925. 180 p. UZ260M3.

Pre-World War I

Army and Navy Chronicle 10 (1839-40): pp. 114-16, 117-18, 124-25. On microfilm. Per.

Bennett, E.E. “Employment of Dogs for Military Purposes.” RUSI Jrnl 33 (Mar 1889): pp. 499-517. Per.

Berdez, A. Anleitung zur Dressur und Verwendung fur den Polizei-und Kriegshund. Bern: Wyss, 1913. 112 p. UZ260B42.

Bichelonne, Major. Le Chien Sanitaire: Son Role, Son Dressage. Paris: Maloine, 1907. 18 p. UZ260B5.

Couplet, Joseph. Le Chien de Garde, de Defense et de Police: Manuel Pratique…. Bruxelles: Lebegue, 1910. 264 p. SF427C6.

Creytz, von Freiherr. Der Hund im Dienste des Heeres: Kynologisch-militarische Studie. Oranienburg: Freyhoff, 1898? 54 p. UZ260C7.

Der Sanitatschund. Hanover: Janecke, 1900. 31 p. UZ260S3.

Deutscher Verein fur Sanitatschunde. Koln: Moeker, 1900. UZ260D425.

Jupin, J. Les Chiens Militaires dans l’Armee Francaise. Paris: Berger-Levrault, 1887. 175 p. UJ210.35J8.

Kessler, M. De Africhting Van Den Politiehond, den Ambulance in Oorlogschond: Eene Beknopte Handleiding. Gravehage: Luctor, 1913. 128 p. UZ260K47.

Lippy, John D. The War Dog: A True Story. Harrisburg, PA: Telegraph, 1962. 38 p. E527.5.11th.L56.

Otto-Kreckwitz, Ernst von. Der Krieghund. Munich: Schhon, 1894. 71 p. UZ260.08.

Pangrazi, Pancrazio. Impiego dei Cani Nei Servizi de Guerra. Roma: Casa, 1894. 76 p. UZ260P3.

Richardson, C.H. “Employment of War Dogs with a Specific Reference to Tripoli and Other Recent Campaigns.” RUSI Jrnl 56 (Dec 1912): pp. 1649-63. Per.

War, Police, and Watch Dogs. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1910. 132 p. UZ260R53.

Rudler, . Le Dressage de “Stop’, Chien Sanitaire au 4. Regiment d’Infanterie. Paris: Maloine, 1907. 15 p. UZ260R8.

Skinner, George A. “Instructions for the Management, Training and Use of War Dogs by the Jaeger Battalion.” United Service Mag, Sep 3, Vol 6 (1904): pp. 513-33. Per. Trans from Ger.

U.S. War Dept. Mil Info Div. “Translation of the Regulations for The Treatment, Training, and Employment of War Dogs by the Rifle Battalions of the German Army.” The Military Schools of Europe and Other Papers… Wash, DC: GPO, 1896. pp. 115-26. U15U52no9.

Van de Putte, Jean. Le Chien de Guerre et le Chien de Police: Stude du Chien au Point de Vue de son Emploi dans l’Armee et par la Police. Bruxelles: Vanbuggenhoudt, 1907. 148 p. UZ260V3.

Vicard, Lt. Le Chien Estafette. Paris: Charles-Lavauzelle, 1911. 63 p. UJ210.35V5.

Since 1945 – General/Miscellaneous

“Dogs in the Army.” Army Info Digest 4 (Jan 1949): pp. 31-38. Per (Soldiers). Pictorial essay.

“Dogs for Blind Veterans.” Army Navy Jrnl (6 May 1944): p. 1058. Per.

Edwards, T.J. Mascots and Pets of the Services. Aldershot, Eng: Gale & Polden, 1953. 201 p. U750E3. Brit/Commonwealth (& France, p. 201) units, many species.

Elmore, James D. “Military Working Dog Employment of Future Battlefields.” Student paper, CGSC, 1981. 22 p. UZ260E45.

Frost, Denzil R. “A Centralized Source of Information for the Military Working Dog Program.” Typescript, 1990. 321 p. UZ260F76.

“Is the Army Going to the Dogs?” Army Digest (Feb 1969): pp. 49-53. Per. Survey of various types of dogs trained for the Army.

Kelch, William J. “Canine Soldiers.” Mil Rev 62 (Oct 1982): pp. 32-41. Per.

Krauss, Max, & Nichols, David G. “Potential Applications of Animals in Unconventional Warfare.” Report, USA Limited War Lab, 1964. 21 p. UH87K72.

Lawrence, George M., Jr. “An Infantry Supporting Weapon Concept.” Spec Study 816-62, USAF Air Univ, 7 May 1962. 30 p. MiscFiles: Animals. Advocates Marine Corps anti-guerrilla units w/dogs; see pp. 13-19.

McIntosh, Allen K., & Westbrook, Coke L. A Review of the Military Dog Programs. Cmbt Opns Resrch Group, CDC, Ft Belvoir, Jun 1968. 128 p. UZ260M24 Incls bib.

Ney, Luman F. “Evaluation of Mine Detector Capabilities of Dogs.” Report, Stanford Resrch Inst, 1952. 21 p. UG490N49.

Parks, Howard N. “Tactical Employment of the Infantry Scout Dog.” Student monograph, US Army Infantry School, 1 Feb 1956. 30 p. UH100P37. Accounts & anecdotes incl transcribed interview (pp. 27-28) of night combat patrol w/dog, Korea, Dec 1952, 5th RCT.

“Postwar K-9 Corps.” Infantry Journal 60 (May 1947): pp. 22-24. Per.

Thornton, William H. The Role of Military Working Dogs in Low Intensity Conflict. Langley AFB, Center for Low Intensity Conflict, 1990. 18 p. UZ260T56.

U.S. Army. Cmbt Dev Cmd. “The Role of Military Dogs in Military Police Operations in Support of the Army in the Field.” Study, Ft Gordon, GA, 1973. UZ260R64.

U.S. Army, Europe. Quartermaster School. Dog Training Branch. The Infantry Scout Dog Platoon Guide. Lenggries, Ger, Mar 1953. 10 p. MiscFiles: Animals-Dogs.

U.S. Dept of Air Force. USAF Sentry Dog Program. AF Manual 125-5, 1967. 99 p. UH23A47.

U.S. Dept of Army. Logistics (General), Horses, Mules, and Working Dogs. Army Reg 700-22, 27 Jan 1961. 15 p. AR. See earlier Regs AR 880-5, 1 Sep 1953, and AR 880-10, 8 Dec 1950.

Military Police Working Dogs. Army Reg 190-12, 17 Apr 1970. 14 p. AR. See earlier ed, 1 Jul 1966, 19 p.

Military Dog Training and Employment. Field Manual 20-20, May 1967. 187 p. AR. See Apr 1960 ed, 116 p.

Waller, Anna. Dogs and National Defense. Report, Office, QMG, 1958. 63 p. UZ260W84.

“War Dogs.” Mil Rev 33 (Jul 1953): pp. 57-62. Per. Chiefly photos. See also:

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