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Red Cross Dogs 1914


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Red Cross Dogs 1914

1 mins United Kingdom

This curious Topical Budget newsreel item shows a parade of clever canines known as 'sanitatshunde' - sanitary dogs - in Germany, leaving Berlin for the Front. The hounds were specially trained to silently hunt WWI trenches and battlefields under the cover of darkness, retrieving injured servicemen. This relatively innocuous story offered British audiences a safe sortie into enemy territory.

Topical Budget had three cameramen operating near the Front in the early months of WWI, filming extensively in France and Belgium. But footage from Germany is rare - these pictures were surely bought in, rather than actually shot by Topical.




1914 on Film




United Kingdom



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Topical Film Company

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