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The War's Most Famous Messenger Dog
Was Satan Of Verdun!
During the siege of Verdun, Satan made his greatest run, which saved a town and its small garrison of French troops. It was a very small town, but it occupied an extremely important position and the garrison consisting of several hundred French soldiers, had orders to hold on until they were relieved; and when the enemy succeeded in cutting them off from their friends in the rear, they fought on bravely. The last homing pigeon had been killed by a shell and every other means of communication was destroyed.
With the garrison was a famous dog trainer named Duval, from the War Dog School at Satory. He had been sent to the front with two dogs, Rip and Satan. Rip, a soft eyed Irish Setter, was killed in action soon after his arrival and Satan had been left with the French troops two miles in the rear of the now isolated town where his master was stationed
Satan was an ideal messenger dog, swift limbed, intelligent, and absolutely fearless under fire. He was as black as night.
Satan loved just one man and that man was Duval. Duval also knew, that if the men in the rear needed to sent a message, Satan would be the one to carry it; so every once in a while, he would look out cautiously, in hope of seeing his dog.
At last, his hopes were realized, when he spotted a black speck moving toward them in the distance. But presently the speck became a dog, a black dog wearing a gas mask and skimming the earth as he came. As he raced over the rough ground and leaped the shell holes, some of the men declared that he was flying, that they even saw his wings.
As the dog neared, a German bullet found its mark, and down he felled. But he staggered to his feet again, now on three legs and with the fourth swinging loose at the hip, he moved swiftly towards the fort. As he swept into the town, a dozen hands caught him and from a metal tube on his collar they took a message, which read: "For God's sake, hold on! Will sent troops to relieve you tomorrow."
But how could they? How was it possible with that German battery wthering them with its fire? But the metal tube containing the message was not all that Satan had brought them. What some men had mistaken for wings on Satan shoulders, were two little baskets, and in each was a homing pigeon scared almost to death.
An officer wrote two notes: "Silence the battery on our left." Then he added some figures showing the exact position; and then both pigeons were released into the air. One was hit, but the other flew straight and cleared the hail of bullets.
The rest of the story, is history, the German battery was destroyed and the tiny garrison saved, all because of one dog...Satan of Verdun!http://community-2.w...-K9/K9History2/
Paul Mangin was a Sergeant in the French Army whose most famous dog was Satan of Verdun. Dogs were then used for three main duties, messengers, sentry and guard use.