On this day in history, March 13, 1942, US Army K-9 Corps begins training dogs to fight in World War II

On this day in history, March 13, 1942, the United States Army K-9 Corps began training dogs to fight in World War II. This was a significant step in the war effort, as dogs had been used in warfare since ancient times.

The K-9 Corps, founded by Major Daniel A. Knox, was tasked with training dogs for the purpose of aiding in search and rescue missions, delivering messages, and even acting as sentries. The dogs were trained in a variety of skills, including obedience, tracking, and even attacking enemies.

The dogs were trained by US Army trainers, and the breeds chosen were German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers, as they were seen as most suitable for the task. The dogs were taught commands in both English and German, as well as hand signals, in order to make them effective on the battlefield.

The K-9 Corps was incredibly successful, with the dogs proving to be a valuable asset to the war effort. Over the course of the war, the K-9 Corps trained over 10,000 dogs, with over 1,000 of them seeing action on the battlefield. They were credited with saving countless lives, and were even awarded medals for their bravery.

The K-9 Corps was officially disbanded in 1946 following the end of the war, but the legacy of the brave dogs and their trainers lives on. Today, the K-9 Corps is remembered as an incredibly important part of the US Army, and their contribution to the war effort is still celebrated.