Silent War Heroes, #SilentHeroes
Throughout the world wars unknown humans and animals -dogs, horses- selflessly and honorably give their lives to save the existence of thousands of unknowns. The millions of soldiers’, pilots’, sailors’ bravery and ingenuity should always be remembered.
They went with a song,
Buried their dreams in green grass.
Red poppy in hand.
During WWII dogs from the “War Dog Training School” near London often gave soldiers, besides loyalty and a trusted and brave companionship, a feeling of home away from home:
WWI was fought mainly in the trenches, hand to hand, face to face, man against man. Civilians knew little of direct war consequences as bomber aircrafts were yet to be developed.
The AVRO 504, one of the 65 airplanes Britain entered the WWI with on Aug 4 1914 had a 80h.p engine. Allies had 220 aircrafts against Germany’s 260. And war propaganda– dogs were trained to enter No Man’s Land at night to locate fallen soldiers…
1st British airplane, B.E.1, built in 1911 at Balloon Factory (now Farnborough Factory) from a crashed Blerion monoplane. 3years later Britain was flying to war against Germany. Most popular WWI dogs were medium-sized: Doberman Pincers, German Shepherds.
1911:the Wolsey engine of a Voisin 60h.p donated by Duke of Westminster to the War Office was used as the engine of 1st B.E.1 plane Britain went into WW1 with.
A sentry dogs would growl or bark to alert his duty soldier when a stranger approached.
The very early British planes of WWI had 70 h.p Renault engines, 70 mph speed at ground level, a petrol tank enough for a 3hrs flight and could rise to 10 000ft. Military dogs were used as night message bearers during war due to their excellent night vision.
Early British planes of WW1 could carry a load of 100 lbs & a crew of 2 armed with hand grenades, riffles, pistols… one of which still had to fly the plane.
War dogs of WW1 were trained to hunt cat size rats that lived in the trenches.
Britain fought most of WWI with its Royal Flying Corps and its Royal Naval Air Service. The RAF, Royal Air Force, was formed only on the 1st of April 1918.
If a problem occurred, war messenger dogs had to be able to solve it on their own to still deliver that message.
1st rudimentary WWI planes used in scouting missions behind enemy lines forced an improvement in anti-aircraft guns, which in turn evolved planes’ power, their climb speed and defense systems on board. This is how fighter planes were born.
During the war, dogs provided great comfort to those fighting&living in trenches, providing a bit of home feeling and lots of affection to them.
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