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Are those really dog drawn machine guns in the picture above?

Yup, and why not (at least for transport)? Dogs were used for carrying similar loads (like milk cans etc.) quite alot in that time frame.

 

PS: that was 5% of our total strength in machineguns in August 1914 you can see parading there...

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gas blinded Belgian 55th division troops 1916

 

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Belgian? I think they are Brits from the uniforms, headgear and epaulette titles. :)

 

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Soldiers struggle to pull a huge piece of artillery through mud. The gun has been placed on a track created for a light railway. The soldiers are pushing a device, attached to the gun, that possibly slots into the tracks. Some of the men are in a ditch that runs alongside the track, the rest are on the track itself. A makeshift caterpillar tread has been fitted to the wheels of the gun, in an attempt to aid its movement through the mud. (National Library of Scotland)
- See more at: http://coolgallery.pics/index.php/World-War-I-in-Photos-The-Western-Front/w_12#sthash.Sj1TWKXe.dpuf

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Are those really dog drawn machine guns in the picture above?

Yup, and why not (at least for transport)? Dogs were used for carrying similar loads (like milk cans etc.) quite alot in that time frame.

 

PS: that was 5% of our total strength in machineguns in August 1914 you can see parading there...

 

 

I have a pictorial history of WW1 (published around 1930) which has this picture with the following caption:

 

"Dogs were widely used as beasts of burden in Belgium, and the Belgian army made good use of this form of transport. The machine-guns of this battalion retreating in excellent order from Antwerp are mounted on pneumatic-tired wheels and are an easy load for a couple of dogs yoked together."

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