By Stephen Paul Stewart
Army operating canines are silently successful the struggle opposed to the world's deadliest insurgents; every day saving soldiers' lives within the most deadly kingdom in the world. Many were rescue animals, overlooked or mistreated by means of their proprietors sooner than being given a brand new rent of lifestyles at the entrance line. From the featureless plains of Helmand and Kandahar to army bases in Germany, military puppy groups paintings day and evening to maintain us secure yet, until eventually lately, their braveness and sacrifice has no longer been totally understood or preferred.
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A Soldier's Best Friend: The canine heroes of Afghanistan by Stephen Paul Stewart