The Heroic Parachuting Dogs of D-DayGeorge Dvorsky12/18/13 5:56pmFiled to: Secret historyworld war iimilitary animalsmilitary dogsdogsparatrooper458EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkOn the eve of the Normandy invasion, three planes carrying the members of Britain's 13th Battalion took off for France. In addition to the 60 men aboard, each plane carried one dog. The story of how these paratrooping canines got there — and what happened next — is nothing short of remarkable. AdvertisementLazar Backovic has penned a fascinating article for Spiegel Online chronicling the brief but astounding story of Britain's parachuting dogs, or "paradogs." Much of the information in the article was drawn from a recent book written by Andrew Woolhouse, 13 - Lucky for Some: The History of the 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.Animals have been used in war throughout history, the Second World War being no exception. Famous examples include message-carrying pigeons, soldier-bears, and anti-tank dogs.