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Literature / Soldier Dogs

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Soldier Dogs is a series of children's Historical Fiction books by Marcus Sutter.

Each book is a stand-alone that takes place during World War II. Every story revolves around dogs who helped during the war. The stories are Inspired by… true stories.

The series consists of: Air Raid Search and Rescue, Attack on Pearl Harbor, Secret Mission: Guam, Victory at Normandy, Battle of Bulge, and Heroes of the Home Front.

Soldier Dogs provides examples of:

  • Alpha and Beta Wolves: Leader dogs are referred to as "alphas".
  • Boyish Short Hair: Juliette is a spunky tomboy with a bob haircut. At the start of Battle of Bulge, the other kids complain that she's too boyish.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp":
    • In Battle of the Bulge, Gregor's beard is called "lip-fur" by the dogs.
    • Boss in Battle of the Bulge doesn't understand what the Northern Lights. She refers to them as dogs, because she thinks they look like dogs fighting in the sky.
  • Gender-Blender Name: "Boss" and "Buzz" are bitches, despite their typically masculine names.
  • Nearly Normal Animal: The dogs can't verbally speak with one another and have a limited understanding of humans, but they're more anthropomorphic than real dogs.
  • Period Piece: The books take place during World War 2.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: In Battle of Bulge, Antoine tells Juliette that men are supposed to fight and work while women take care of their families. The other boys agree with him.
  • Xenofiction: The books switch between the POV of the dogs and the humans.