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9781550592481
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This is the story of one man's struggle to develop the British War Dog School. Richardson began experimenting with military and police dogs in 1898, and in 1910 began petitioning for a British military dog program. He finally received official approval with support of officers who were unofficially, and successfully, using his dogs in the field. Over 2000 dogs were trained and sent to the front to work as Red Cross dogs, messengers, sentries and patrol dogs -- the lives saved were estimated in thousands. Author Bryan Cummins recounts not only Richardson's struggle, but also the history of war dogs through the ages.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface

Part I: War Dogs Through History
1. War dogs of old
2. The modern war dog movement 1870-1914

Part II: Colonel Richardson’s Airedales
3. Colonel Edwin Hautenville Richardson: A brief biography
4. An uphill battle
5. The British War Dog School is born
6. British war dogs in France
7. The dogs
8. The training
9. The heroes
10. Epilogue: World War II

Appendix A: Description of dogs shipped from England to France and the men who brought them
Appendix B: Casualties to dogs
Appendix C: Unregistered dogs and the men who brought them
Appendix D: Casualties to unregistered dogs
Endnotes
References
Index


Bryan D. Cummins

Bryan D. Cummins, PhD, is a cultural anthropologist who has conducted extensive research in the area of ethnocynology (the study of dogs within their cultural contexts). He was a regular columnist and feature writer for the Canadian Kennel Club's magazine <i>Dogs in Canada</i>. He is also the owner of Bryan's Books, one of the largest rare, antiquarian, and out-of-print dog book businesses in the world.