Ship’s dog ‘Shrapnel’ on Royal Navy minesweeper off Salerno, Italy 1943

“On board HM Motor Minesweeper 88 during minesweeping operations off Anzio, Italy. On the left is “Shrapnel” the dog, ship’s mascot, who has seen only 6 months service, having joined the ship during the Salerno landing. He is fond of chocolate, and is trying to wheedle himself a share of Stoker Whadcoat’s chocolate ration. Whadcoat is from Redditch, Worcestershire.” (via

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