Language selection


Private Lightning, the German Shepherd dog (Part 1 of 2)

Heroes Remember

Private Lightning, the German Shepherd dog (Part 1 of 2)

This video format is not currently supported!

Well then, when I went to the paratroopers, we went up to Totten Park, that's where all the British paratroopers were trained. And... this is where I first met... Private Lightning, a German Shepherd dog. And I thought, you know, he belonged to the 5th... the 5th Parachute Regiment, or Brigade I should say. And, he must have made a... a jump or two before I became in contact with him, because when we... the first morning... when we down to draw chutes to go out to the dropping zone he was all excited, he was all over the place. And he really loved this. And, you know, it helped me, it took my worries away from that first jump. But anyhow... he got his parachute, he drew his parachute he wore a little vest like. He was a soldier, he had a pay book, he drew rations, he had a ration card. And uh, was very well taken care of... one man took care of him. We went out and... we loaded into the aircraft and of course his keeper was with him And they jumped in the middle of the stick. Now his keeper went out first... and the dog followed him... and then I was next. So as we were coming down through the air, I began to talk to him and... his tail would waggle, he was all excited he thought this was great.

Mr. Mullin goes off for paratroop training, and meets up with Private Lightning, a canine soldier who he respected enormously.

Bob Mullin

Mr. Mullin worked in the United States as a chauffeur for an American tobacco company prior to enlisting. He left his chauffeur's job in the United States and returned to Canada to enlist. On Sept. 4 1937 in Newcastle, NB he enlisted in the Artillery’s 20th Field Battery. He trained in Britain for four years prior to seeing any action. He fought in the Ardennes salient with the British 6th Airborne Division but he says that there are no records of the British 6th Airborne fighting in the Ardennes because the Americans didn’t want it to be known. He delivered a baby in Germany after being hauled in off the street to help. At the time of this interview Mr. Mullin was living in St. John, NB.

Meta Data
Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Bob Mullin
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Northwest Europe
Battle of Normandy
1st British Airborne, Signals

Copyright / Permission to Reproduce

Related Videos

Date modified: