Sunday, August 2, 2015
Dogs and draft, World War II
The name "WAGS" was quickly thought to be too wimpy, and was changed to "K-9" Corps. (The U.S. Marines called their animals "Devil Dogs!") The Quartermaster Corps trained over 10,000 dogs, most of which were used on the Home Front for sentry duty. However, more than 1,800 dogs were sent into combat starting in 1942. They performed much better in the Pacific than the European theatre. Owners who volunteered their dogs for service were promised that their animals would be returned to them if they survived, but the intensive training required of them made this promise difficult to honour.
For more information, read 70 Years of the K-9 (Canine) Corps.
Today, WAGS means something entirely different! Google it.