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World War I Runners Faced Perilous But Critical Mission of Carrying Messages

January 22, 2020 in History

By Patrick J. Kiger

Runners were more reliable than any other form of communication. But the role was among the war’s most dangerous.

In an era when wireless communication was, “A fellow didn’t have to take a runner’s job. All a fellow had to do was say no. Except in a pinch, when there was neither time nor choice, no one served as a runner except a volunteer, for many vital things depended upon the men carrying the messages.”

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Renowned World War I canine hero, Stubby, is photographed on the battlefield wearing a coat, hat and collar, with a gun at his side. Stubby once saved multiple soldiers when he roused them from their sleep after a German mustard gas attack.

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