BOOKS: Loyal Forces—The American Animals of World War II
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, May/June 2013:
Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II by Toni M. Kiser & Lindsey F. Barnes Louisiana State University Press (3990 W. Lakeshore Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808), 2013. 192 pages, hardcover. $35.00.
Loyal Forces: The American Animals of World War II honors the many animals who helped the U.S. military during the war. The informal use of dogs for military purposes in previous wars was made official in 1942 by the creation of a U.S. Army program called Dogs for Defense. The program debuted by soliciting donations of German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, collies, and mixes of their configuration who might have the intelligence, disposition, and ability to obey the commands that they had to learn to do guard work and to carry messages. Contrary to the claims of pit bull enthusiasts today, bully breeds were not used, and are not shown among the 157 dogs depicted in Loyal Forces. Read more