WWI was the last war in which horses were used for constant resupply, movement of new heavy weaponry, and the transport of troops and the first war in which military dogs were mobilized on a massive, organized scale. These forgotten heroes of WWI made great sacrifices for the war effort. Of the approximately one million American horses and mules (including horses and mules from Nevada) who served in Europe, only 200 came home after the war. Up to 20,000 dogs were trained for front-line duties during World War One. Dogs were used in a variety of roles such as sentry, scout, explosive detection, communication, search and rescue, ratters and mascot. The stories of these war horses and war dogs are inspiring and heartwarming.

Robert Nylen is currently the curator of history at the Nevada State Museum in Carson City.  He has been actively involved for over 30 years doing research, writing and lecturing about Nevada’s rich history.  Bob worked for seven years at the Nevada Historical Society beginning in 1976 and has been employed at the museum for 34 years.  During this time he has helped to curate many of the fine exhibits at the museum.


11/17/2018 14:00:0011/17/2018 15:00:00America/Los_AngelesEncore Presentation Frances Humphrey Lecture Series: Forgotten War Heroes of WWI: War Horses and War Dogs By Robert NylenReno, NV
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