Private Pepper of Dogs for Defense (1943)


"So the Dogs Have Sergeants and Lieutenants Now?":
First Edition of
Private Pepper of Dogs for Defense, 1943

Cavanah, Frances & Weir, Ruth Cromer. Thorne, Diana. Private Pepper of Dogs for Defense. Chicago, Illinois: Whitman, 1943.

Thin quarto. Hardcover. 1st Edition.

First edition of this charming children's book based on the Dogs for Defense program during World War II. Published in 1943, Private Pepper of Dogs for Defense was a children's book (fictional) about the real-life Dogs for Defense program that recruited pet dogs during World War II. More than 18,000 canine recruits became part of the U.S. war effort--many of whom returned home to their original owners after fighting in the war. This book deals with the wartime adventures of a collie named Pepper who serves in the U.S. Army and saves the life of his handler. Owner gift inscription. Scarce book near-fine, with a few spots of wear including a small corner chip to the mounted cover illustration.