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By Charles L. Dean

Sled canines were serving people seeing that they have been first tamed and damaged to the hint hundreds of thousands of years in the past. Their background of aiding infantrymen is way newer and, for all its drama and heroism, continues to be little identified. This hundred-year background of canines army carrier from the frozen reaches of Alaska to the snowy battlefields of global Wars I and II is instructed absolutely for the 1st time during this publication by way of former military officer and longtime sled puppy aficionado Charles L. Dean. By means of unique military files, interviews with the final dwelling puppy drivers, and not ahead of released images, Dean’s e-book tells a narrative that starts in Alaska, traverses global wars and the chilly battle period, and leads to the present-day Danish sledge patrol in Greenland. listed below are the sled canine drafted from Alaska and knowledgeable via French troops to be used within the Vosges Mountains; improvised alpine sled canines utilized by the Italians within the nice struggle; these deployed via the German SS in global conflict II; and others education in Montana’s Camp Rimini, Colorado’s Camp Hale, and Nebraska’s citadel Robinson. From the nitty-gritty of the making of a dogs department to the excessive drama of canines undertaking bold rescues and parachuting to their locations, this booklet richly provides a lacking bankruptcy in army historical past and within the tale of man’s ally at conflict.

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On one field training exercise musher Vernon Gardner was driving a team when he encountered Brig. Gen. O. S. Rolfe (president of the Mountain and Winter Warfare Board) along the trail. 2. In deep snow, men on snowshoes had to break trail for dog teams. Dog teams supported every field exercise conducted by the fledgling Tenth Mountain Division. (Courtesy of Lynne Mace) when they were working. General Rolfe stopped in his tracks, incredulous at such effrontery from an enlisted man. Gardner’s lead dog was a malamute named Silver, who immediately urinated on the general’s boots, adding further insult.

Richard S. Moulton of the Canine Section. Moulton had worked at Chinook Kennels in Wonalancet, New Hampshire, for several years. He had also been a dog driver for Admiral Byrd on his 1939 Antarctic expedition. After he returned from Antarctica, Moulton was drafted into the army and sent to Baffin Land. 7 Later he was reassigned to Camp Rimini. Moulton’s extensive practical knowledge included preparing expedition equipment, running a large kennel, training and transporting dogs, and driving teams in situations other than racing.

Before the sled dog and pack dog training program was relocated from Camp Rimini, K-9 Detachment staff at Fort Robinson had trained dogs for guard duty, attack duty, scouting, and messenger use. When the post was initially established as a canine facility, a state-of-theart eighty-kennel dog veterinary hospital was built and staffed. 2 Thousands of horses were also quartered at Fort Robinson. Many of these had been condemned, ready for slaughter. This steady supply of dog food was another logistical reason for consolidation here.

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