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December 27, 2013

The Parachuting Dogs of the British Army in World War II


The dogs' slim bodies proved to be advantageous because, during their test jumps, they could use the parachutes that had actually been designed to carry bicycles.
In order to make it easier to get the dogs to jump out of the aircraft, they weren't given anything to drink or eat beforehand. On April 2, 1944, Bailey wrote in his notebook about the first jump with the female Alsatian Ranee. He notes that he carried with him a 2-pound piece of meat, and that the dog sat at his heels eagerly watching as the men at the front of the line jumped out of the plane. - - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 27, 2013 6:24 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"make it easier to get the dogs to jump out of the aircraft"
Yeah, it might have been traumatic if they had just grabbed the dogs and thrown them out.

Posted by: Daniel K Day at December 27, 2013 12:05 PM

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