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ww1 - 1914, Belgium, Belgian Carabiner by AndreaSilva60 ww1 - 1914, Belgium, Belgian Carabiner by AndreaSilva60
The carabiner wears the infantry Dark Blue Coat, double breasted, and a typical hat, quite similar to the Austrian Hut dressed by the FeldJager.  The rifle is the Belgian Mauser cal 7.65mm. At the outbreak of war Belgium Army used widely dogs attached to a cart to bring the heavy machine gun. 

During WW1 the  armies of all the nations involved  used  thousands of dogs in the Great War, the so-called war dogs or trench dogs. They were primarily used as beasts of burden or  to search for the wounded and to transmit messages. The dogs were used as a means of transportation, expecially  on the Alpine front to supply food, ammunition and basic necessities, manning the steps on the mountains, when the weather conditions did not allow even the mules to reach the highest peaks. Here the dogs were attacked in a pair sleds or carts, or were burdened  with special double bags or containers for liquids.  
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muhdZul098 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Are those dogs carrying a Maxim machine gun?It kinda like the Maxim's but I am curious about it.
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:iconandreasilva60:
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017
Oh yes, it's the Maxim-Nordenfelt  World Standard model 1887 with its brilliantly polished brass water jacket.
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Very adorable dogs indeed.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Thank you, they  took lot of time, so finally I overlooked the soldier :)
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bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
The soldier wears a nice top hat!:-)
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:iconandreasilva60:
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
Belgian army had very obsolete uniforms!
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:iconbogatyrkhan:
bogatyrkhan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2016
Yes,it looks like something from the mid 19th century.Maybe more appropriate in the American civil war or  the Crimean war.
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:iconandreasilva60:
AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2016
Lol, I agree with you!
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MercenaryGraphics Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Nice piece.

Here is the variation I did for the 100th anniversary of the Great War:
mercenarygraphics.deviantart.c…
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2016
You're a real Master, I've just seen and got my favourite to your wonderful picture, I'm just an hobbist, thank you for your interest, it means a lot for me :)
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
this is truly beautifully done!!! The doggies are adorable :) it's sad they had to do such a job, though, but they were truly useful to the troops... I love your coloring, too!
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:iconandreasilva60:
You are very kind, and thank you again for  check the typo!

Dogs were very useful indeed, maybe the most importan duty was the rescue of the wounded soldier in the no man's land during night,  they were trained not to bark, when they find a wounded, they  returned to the ambulance man and pulled his jacket to make it clear to him that they had found a wounded.
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome, it's nothing!

yes, this is such a crucial task... and it's amazing when you think about all the lives they could save...

and I'm glad I saw this beautiful drawing, it has allowed me to see your great gallery :) I hope you don't mind a new watcher!!

capisco un poco l'italiano, ma lo parlo molto male... allora spero che ciò va se scrivo in inglese :D
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
I'm very glad indeed :)

English is ok, are you a native German speaker?
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:)

My languages are English and French, because I'm half-Canadian (English-speaking part) and half- Swiss (French-speaking part)... but I learned German at school, as well as a little bit of Italian (only one year... with one hour a week... you don't get to learn much)
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
Fine!  silly question, what language do you think?
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
half in English, half in French :D ... it can change in one minute... one of my teachers used to say that we think in a language or another according to "sectors"... for example, I learned to knit with my Swiss Grandmother, so I think in French when I knit; on the contrary, I began playing video games in English, so I think in English when I'm playing...

It's not 100% correct all the time, but it's quite true in general...
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016
Wow, it's really cool!
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Captain-Torr Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Early War piece, I like it old boy. Poor Dogs have to cart around that big machine gun. I see the look is unique before they patterned there uniforms after the french.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Belgian army used poor dogs widely.   Belgian army at the outbreak of the war had the most old-stylish uniforms among the nations involved, the Grenadiers had an incredible high furry busby, the light cavalry had a pea-green uniform with golden frogged!
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016   Photographer
Nicely done!!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
Thank you :)
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artlovr59 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016   Photographer
You're welcome!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2016
:)
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heavens-champion Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
What a splendid uniform. Too bad the Belgians were practically dominated in World War I.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Oh, thank you, but they were brave, their King was a very proud man, he refused the help from french and english, to save the the integrity of the state of neutrality of Belgium, while being aware that his country would be invaded.
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heavens-champion Featured By Owner May 19, 2015
Right/
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner May 20, 2015
;)
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kfaber97 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Doggies!:D
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner May 7, 2015
Woooof :)
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this slipped me man!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015
You are very welcome!
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OldHank Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Nice Glad you drew this!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2015
Honour to your country and to your king, in  my mind the more respectable king together with Christian X of Denmark
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OldHank Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!
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tigerfaceswe Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
Never knew they wore such hats. Have any photographs of it?
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
www.sambre-marne-yser.be/artic…

Here there is one, plus other beautiful pothos
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tigerfaceswe Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
Intresting...thanks for showing me this. You have now prooven your resourcefulness.
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Thank you Tiger, happy to share with friends 
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice job, didn't know dogs were used for transport purposes!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Thank you, I don't know how many contries used dog for transport, but I know that italian made large use of them over the alps, during winter time, when not even the mules could reach the  guard posts at the top of the peaks, They were very used over the Adamello mountain
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's very interesting, the question is how effective was they for transport! I guess the heavy or medium machine guns back then were handled by two soldiers, so i guess it would have been more practically two have two soldiers carrying the machine guns around. Of course it's just my opinion, i don't have much clue about warfare during the modern eras!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
I don't really know, dogs over the Alps were very effective, they brought water, food and comfort items to lookout posts on remotest peaks with adverse weather conditions, but about heavy machine gun I agree with you, for me  it look a good idea the  wheeled russian Maxim machine gun
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Hashashin619 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see, i didn't know dog were that useful :)!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
This is another sign that the First World War was total  a war,  they  really used all the resources of the countries 
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TheKonijn24 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cute dogs ^^
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015
Lol, maybe they are too cute and too little martial :)
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Samuraiknight-1600 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah yes. I remeber seing those dog carriages in my ww1 books. well done!
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AndreaSilva60 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
Thank you my friend!
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