WASHINGTON – As the 75th anniversary of World War II approaches, a new book reveals the hidden history of some of America’s most powerful leaders.
Amazingly, it exposes the unknown backroom drama of Western civilization’s darkest hour through an unlikely source – the faithful pets of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. George S. Patton, and Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
“Dogs of War,” just recently released, tells the story of Fala, President Roosevelt’s Scottish terrier; Willie, Gen. Patton’s bull terrier; and Telek, Gen. Eisenhower’s Scottie.
Incredibly, these three canines had a huge impact on world history through their constant companionship with their powerful masters.
Fala became a media sensation and actually was used to boost morale on the home front during World War II, even “serving” as an honorary private. He was portrayed in films, his name was used as a password by American soldiers, and he was even became the subject of political controversy between Republicans and Democrats.
Patton’s wartime comrade, Willie, was his constant companion during fierce fighting. He survived because he fatefully was separated from his owner when Gen. Patton died in a tragic automobile accident after the war.
And there’s Telek, Eisenhower’s and Kay Summersby’s treasured Scottie. Scottie helped ignite the most famous love story of World War II, an affair that is still fiercely debated by historians to this day.
After the general’s death, Kay Summersby was allowed to keep the dog.
“Dogs of War” provides an intriguing look at one of the most fascinating episodes of World War II and is sure to add fuel to the continuing controversy about the relationship between the general and his wartime chauffeur.
Author Kathleen Kinsolving has been a lifetime supporter of a variety of canine organizations, which includes volunteering as a puppy socializer for Guide Dogs for the Blind, based in Marin County, Calif.
She also teaches English and journalism at Centreville High School in Clifton, Va., and in 2010, penned her father’s biography, “Gadfly: The Life and Times of Les Kinsolving – White House Watchdog” for WND Books.