By the time America declared war against Germany in 1917 and joined allied forces in France, World War One was in its fourth year. The first real test in battle for the United States Marine Corps was the 1918 battle at Belleau Wood.
The moniker was used by German soldiers to describe U.S. Marines who fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood in 1918. The Marines fought with such ferocity that they were likened to “Dogs from Hell.” The term “Devil Dog” has its origins at Belleau Wood. It was in a dispatch from the German front lines to their higher headquarters explaining the current battle conditions that described the fighting abilities of the new, fresh Americans as fighting like “Teufel Hunden” or “Hounds from Hell.”
Nowadays, The term “Devil Dog” is a very common nickname for all Marines. And “Devil Dog” is historically a well-accepted term of endearment, as a title of honor.
And this is the second piece of illustration that we did for our Backbone of America series.
Marine Corps devil dog sketch on paper
Marine Corps devil dog metal sign
Measures: 16″ x 12.5″
Mounting holes: Top and bottom of sign for versatile mounting.
U.S. Marine devil dog t shirt