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German 249th Infantry


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Dogs were used for at least three front line roles by the German army. These were to carry messages between command posts in special pouches, to lay telephone cable which was paid out from a reel mounted on a harness and to locate wounded men lying out in shell holes. I suspect that they were also used for the other normal guard dog duties. The back of the card just names the Landsturmmann from 4th Coy who is portrayed. Not sure about his name. The writing is somewhat crabbed.


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Hi Adrian, Jack,

Thanks for your replies. So this fellow was a dog trainer in the 4th Kompanie of the 249th Regiment. Adrian you believe his last name was Weiss, is that correct?

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