Academic journal article Military Review

Buddies

Academic journal article Military Review

Buddies

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BUDDIES Heartwarming Photos of GIs and Their Dogs in World War II L. Douglas Keeney, Zenith Press, New York, 2015, 176 pages

All service members at any rank want the same thing: unconditional loyalty and emotional support. The book Buddies: Heartwarming Photos of GIs and Their Dogs in World War II by L. Douglas Keeney provides the reader with a view of military members and their loyal animal companions in everyday life during World War II.

Keeney has written more than a dozen books on American history. Buddies, which is an addition to the 2001 publication, Buddies: Men, Dogs and World War II, allows the reader to feel the emotion of service members and their dogs. Men who have seen the horror of war can relax and gain comfort from their dogs. Some of the photos place dogs in whimsical poses, while others show dogs relaxing with the GIs, and still others show dogs recovering from battle wounds.

If a reader is looking for a World War II book on campaigns and national strategy, this is not it. If the reader is looking for a book on military working dogs, or dogs used for policing or explosive detection, this is not it. If the reader is looking for information on mascot pets or purebred dogs that live a pampered life, this is not it. If the reader is looking of a book about mutts and strays that find a GI to take care of them and provide comfort, this is definitely the book.

The book has seven chapters, with five dedicated to the buddies of the Coast Guard, Army, Army Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. …

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