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Old 02-06-2014, 09:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Military Dogs of the Imperial Japanese Army in Manchuria

I recently published an article that might be of interest to this forum: https://medium.com/war-is-boring/22927a219235

The article explores the story of a three German Shepherds of the Kwangtung Army in Manchuria in 1931 (the time of the Mukden Incident). I hope some of you find it interesting. German Shepherds actually comprised 90% of the working dogs of the IJA and were said to embody the spirit of the Japanese soldier (it is no surprise then that like "Alsatians" in the UK, German Shepherds became known as simply "シェパード" [shepard]).
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Looking at it now! Great picture on the front page.

Interesting how many many dogs used by the USA in WWII were also donated by families to the military.
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Thank you for sharing this!
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Seems to me they look like a Kunming wolfdog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on one of photographs - ? Please, tell more about the breed of these three dogs. The dogs' story is interwoven in Japanese history...Are you a historian?

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Interesting how many many dogs used by the USA in WWII were also donated by families to the military.
There is a great book
<i>Empire of Dogs</i> Empire of Dogs
which explores this whole donation aspect on the Japanese side (and was a major source of background information for my article). It also touches on the US side of the equation. I had no idea about these donations until I started my research.

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Seems to me they look like a Kunming wolfdog - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia on one of photographs - ? Please, tell more about the breed of these three dogs. The dogs' story is interwoven in Japanese history...Are you a historian?
Well, there are sadly no photographs of the three shepherds themselves by virtue of their fame coming posthumously, but it would not surprise me if Kunming wolfdogs were included among the Kwangtung Army's ranks.

The three dogs are recorded as German Shepherds, and as the article says, they were confiscated from the German colonial police at Qingdao (famous for it's Tsingdao beer) following the First World War. They were donated by the National Shepherd Club to the Imperial Army Training Center in Chiba.

I am not a historian - I am an entirely amateur defence/security writer living in Japan and with a family history of GSDs (3 rescues during my childhood and teens) and the military (RAF brat).
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A-a-a! So, you are. Someone might be looking for you Any RAF Halton Brats on here ?
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A-a-a! So, you are. Someone might be looking for you Any RAF Halton Brats on here ?
I only really spent time around RAF Cosford, RAF Bruggen and RAF Henlow, but sometimes I wonder what happened to the kids I knew.
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Really interesting- thanks!
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