Being the dog lover that I am having worked with Military and Police dogs in the past and having a rescue dog, I came across some great shots from 'Life' of dogs during WW2 and thought they were worthy of sharing with you good folk on here. 1. A dog wears a gas mask and another carries rations for a wounded soldier in 1939 England. Airedales were a favorite of British troops, and were trained not for speed but dependability. 2. Wearing a steel helmet, a bulldog guards a London flat. Stubborn but lovable, bulldogs became a symbol of the United Kingdom itself. Prime Minister Winston Churchill himself was often referred to as "the British Bulldog." 3. A German shepherd poses with RAF flyers who bombed Nazi warships. Other popular mascots with the RAF included terriers, white rabbits, goats, and even geese and ducks. 4. Awaiting evacuation, a young refugee hangs onto his dog's leash in 1940. Vast numbers of pets were, not surprisingly, separated from their families during the war, while breeding progams and animal shelters were often shuttered or cast into disarray. 5. A British shelter worker protects a dog in 1941. The National Canine Defence League not only protected dogs, it also used dog-hair combings to knit into clothing for the troops.