WW2 German K98 Bayonet  Scabbard No Reserve

WW2 German K98 Bayonet Scabbard No Reserve


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German Germany WWII WW2 Boot Fighting Knife w Scabbard


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german ww2 dagger blade


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ww2 german dagger hanger


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RARE MAKER WKC1937 GERMAN WW2 K98 BAYONET AND SCABBARD


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German Germany WWII WW2 Army Dagger Fighting Knife Pommel


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DAGGER GERMANY W SCABBARD WWII


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GermanKaiserlisch Kriegsmarine Dolch MINIATURE dagger sword


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WW2 German Luftwaffe Sword dagger scabbard


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German Germany WWII WW2 Dress Bayonet Fighting Knife w Scabbard


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WWI WWII GERMAN K98 MAUSER RIFLE BAYONET SCABBARD FROG ONLY MARKED


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WW 2 German Bayonet with Leather Frog Dated 41 EF HORSTER Scabbard


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RELIC GENUINE WW2 GERMAN MAUSER 98 98K 98 K BAYONNET and scabbard


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OLD WW2 MINT 1944 BAYONET GERMAN K98 ARMY DAGGER W SHEATH HOLSTER


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Carl Eickhorn Navy Dagger WWII Dress Naval w Portepee Scabbard Plain Blade


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DAGGER GERMANY W SCABBARD WWII Officer Army


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Vintage German made Kris Blade Fighting Knife Dagger Svoboda


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ORIGINAL AUTHENTIC WWII WW2 GERMAN MILITARY MAUSER BAYONET WITH METAL SCABBARD


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German Germany WWII WW2 Air Force Dagger Fighting Knife Blade


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Polish Bayonet Scabbard for M1895 Mannlicher Rifle


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WW2 GERMAN SA RZMDAGGER SCABBARD


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WW2 GERMAN S A RZM DAGGER CROSSGUARD SET


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GERMAN WW1 WW2 FIGHTING KNIFE COMBAT DAGGER AND SHEATH HENRBOKER SOLINGEN


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GERMAN DAMASCUS SWORD DAGGER SOLINGEN DAMAST KNIFE DAMAST NEW BOOK


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IMPERIAL GERMAN WW1 WW2 FIGHTING KNIFE COMBAT DAGGER AND SCABBARD


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ULTRA RARE IMPERIAL GERMAN 1914 SAWBACK PRUSSIAN KURZES BAYONET AND SCABBARD


WW2 GERMAN DAGGER BLADE

WW2 GERMAN DAGGER BLADE


F W Holler German Army Dagger WWII Vet Bring Back Officer Dress

F W Holler German Army Dagger WWII Vet Bring Back Officer Dress


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german WW2 black dagger crossguards by eickhorn


WWII German K98 Bayonet and Scabbard

WWII German K98 Bayonet and Scabbard


Hunting German Cutlass Dagger Alex Coppel Solingen

Hunting German Cutlass Dagger Alex Coppel Solingen


Hunting German Chopper Dagger Alex Coppel Solingen

Hunting German Chopper Dagger Alex Coppel Solingen


ANTIQUE KHYBER SWORD AFGHAN ISLAMIC MILITARY SWORD DAGGER VINTAGE

ANTIQUE KHYBER SWORD AFGHAN ISLAMIC MILITARY SWORD DAGGER VINTAGE


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WW2 german K98 mauser bayonet bayonette w scabbard 42 ddl manufacture w frog


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WW2 german K98 mauser 8mm rifle parts complete triggerguard well marked


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rare WW2 german K98 mauser 8mm rifle parts complete bolt w safety


WW2 German Red Cross D863 EM Hewer and Scabbard

WW2 German Red Cross D863 EM Hewer and Scabbard


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WW2 german K98 mauser 8mm rifle parts stock cup buttplate screws gqm 43 marked


Original German WW 2 Dagger made by a War Prisonier unique piece

Original German WW 2 Dagger made by a War Prisonier unique piece


WWII 1942 COF German Bayonet w Scabbard  Frog As Shown

WWII 1942 COF German Bayonet w Scabbard Frog As Shown


Not much is written about the heroics of early war dogs. Even today's modern canine soldier is practically invisible to all but those who work with them side by side in the trenches. But war dogs have a colorful and courageous history stretching all the way back to ancient Egypt. Dogs were deployed for service by ancient Britannia, France, Spain, Normandy, Russia and some Asian societies. But it was the Roman legions who are best known for utilizing the full force of their canine soldiers.

Breeds

Early Egyptians used a Molassian dog. Romans were fond of the mastiff and a breed called the Talbot, an ancestor of today's bloodhound. Attila the Hun used a giant Molosser dogs in his campaign. The Irish used Irish Wolfhounds to strip the enemy soldiers off their horses and kill them. In more recent times, the German Shepherd, Lab, Doberman Pincher and Bouvier de Flandres are chosen for their size, intelligence and strength. Modern armies also used mixed breed dogs.

Armor

Often war dogs would be fitted with spiked collars to protect their necks from attacks by enemy war dogs. The Romans designed special armor for their legions of war dogs. Some of the armor was more advanced than even the human foot soldiers' armor. Today's war dogs don't perform "hand-to-paw" combat like the war dogs of ancient times. So there is less need for body armor.

Ancient History

In ancient times, war dogs performed their duties skillfully. In combat, dogs were armored and sent in for direct close-quarters battle. They were specifically trained to bite extremely hard, exerting as much as 1,500 pounds of pressure per square inch: enough to pulverize human bones.

Canine soldiers were also trained to cut off reinforcements, to track and kill retreating soldiers, and to fight other dogs. In fact, in 1476, a regiment of Swiss battle dogs annihilated an entire formation of canine soldiers from Burgundy.

As sentries, dogs were trained to guard troops, supplies, livestock, and prisoners. Some were trained so well that a prisoner was not bound or held by any means: if he made an attempt to escape, he was ferociously put down by his canine guard.

Ancient war dogs were also trained to track and scout. These specialized dogs were actually able to track and report on enemy positions and concentrations. They also hunted retreating enemies and soldiers that had deserted.

Modern Day Soldiers

Today's war dog is used more to aid allied soldiers than to engage and attack the enemy. This change is primarily due to the change in warfare tactics. Long range missiles have replace swords and arrows.

Delivering messages is a vital role for modern war dogs. Modern dogs of war have saved thousands of lives by serving as messengers. In the Vietnam war alone, it is estimated that the 4,000 dogs that served saved as many as 10,000 American lives. These dogs delivered messages to reserve troops, mortar batteries, and battle headquarters through heavy enemy fire. One U.S. canine soldier was reportedly shot nine times during a mission, but nevertheless still delivered his message, collapsing into death immediately after his job was done.

As medics, strong dogs are trained to bring medicine and comfort to wounded and dying soldiers in the field. Some of these dogs are even provided with "suicide" medication for soldiers who are badly wounded and will likely die or be captured. Others are trained to do nothing more than sit by the side of a dying soldier. Exceptional dogs are trained to pull wounded soldiers to safety.

Some of the larger, stronger breeds are trained as draught dogs. Mastiffs, Rottweilers, Irish Wolfhounds, and other very large breeds have been used to haul machine guns, litters, mortars, and other supplies.

Sadly, some modern war dogs are trained to execute kamikaze missions. In WWII, Russians strapped dogs with explosives and sent them out to explode underneath German tanks. Today, Israeli forces have been known to outfit Rottweilers with explosives and send them into enemy positions to detonate.

With their heightened sense of smell, today's most advanced military dogs are specially trained to detect mines, traps, IED's, and other types of explosives. They also are used to detect and uncover weapons caches.

Though they gladly give their lives in defense and protection of their human counterparts, there is, as yet, no permanent memorial to these amazing war dogs. They have become so integrated into our military that they have been given officer rank, been knighted, and awarded medals. Their courage and loyalty should never be forgotten.

Geoffrey A. English is the Founder of GundogsOnline.com, the internet's premiere online magazine dedicated to hunting dogs. Their site has a wide variety of dog supplies such as Dog Training Collars, SportDOG, and Dogtra products.

WW2 German K98 Bayonet  Scabbard No Reserve

WW2 German K98 Bayonet Scabbard No Reserve


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German Germany WWII WW2 Dress Bayonet Fighting Knife w Scabbard


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German WW2 K98 Bayonet Solingen K98 Bajonett Solingen 2WK


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german ww2 dagger blade


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