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Dogs: The Furry, Faithful Secret Weapons of WWII

They had the fate of the world in their hands, and their faithful dogs by their side. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his two top generals waged war against the Nazis, the men all relied on a secret weapon: their dogs. Dog-lover and author Kathleen Kinsolving is convinced the dogs helped FDR, and Gens. George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower handle the enormous stress of battle.

She has written a book, “Dogs of War,” that documents the special relationship between these powerful men and their canine companions. In the book’s forward,  Carlo D’Este, who has written books on both Patten and Eisenhower, wrote that the dogs “helped provide the men a “time of normalcy and joy … to help lighten their load.”

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