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voyager_663rd
12-30-2007, 06:57 PM
DOGS!!

Ya, you read that right. Seems the Russians had dogs that were trained to search out food under tanks (specifically German tanks). These dogs had bombs strapped to their backs. I thought this might another joke but I found several sources and nothing on Snopes so here it is:



Anti-tank dogs, also known as dog bombs or dog mines, were hungry dogs with explosives harnessed to their backs and trained to seek food under tanks and armoured vehicles. By doing so, a detonator (usually a small wooden lever) would go off, triggering the explosives and damaging or destroying the military vehicle.

The dogs were employed by the Soviet Union during World War II for use against German tanks. The dogs were kept without food for a few days, then trained to find food under a tank. The dogs quickly learned that once released from their pens, food could be found under tracked vehicles. Once trained, the dogs were fitted with an explosive charge and set loose into a field of oncoming German tanks and other tracked vehicles. When the dog went underneath the tank"”where there was less armour"”the charge would detonate and damage the enemy vehicle.

According to Soviet sources, the anti-tank dogs were successful at disabling a reported three hundred German tanks. They were enough of a problem to the Nazi advance that the Germans were compelled to take measures against them. An armoured vehicle's top-mounted machine gun proved ineffective due to the relatively small size of the dogs and the fact that they were low to the ground, fast, and hard to spot. Orders were dispatched that commanded every German soldier to shoot any dogs on sight. Eventually the Germans began using tank-mounted flame-throwers to ward off the dogs. They were much more successful at dissuading the attacks, but some dogs would not stop.

In 1942, one use of the anti-tank dogs went seriously awry when a large contingent ran amok, endangering everyone in the battle and forcing the retreat of an entire Soviet division. Soon afterward the anti-tank dogs were withdrawn from service. Training of anti-tank dogs continued until at least June 1996.

http://www.kerala.com/wiki-Anti-tank_dog

http://www.oddee.com/item_91684.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

voyager_663rd
12-30-2007, 06:57 PM
DOGS!!

Ya, you read that right. Seems the Russians had dogs that were trained to search out food under tanks (specifically German tanks). These dogs had bombs strapped to their backs. I thought this might another joke but I found several sources and nothing on Snopes so here it is:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">
Anti-tank dogs, also known as dog bombs or dog mines, were hungry dogs with explosives harnessed to their backs and trained to seek food under tanks and armoured vehicles. By doing so, a detonator (usually a small wooden lever) would go off, triggering the explosives and damaging or destroying the military vehicle.

The dogs were employed by the Soviet Union during World War II for use against German tanks. The dogs were kept without food for a few days, then trained to find food under a tank. The dogs quickly learned that once released from their pens, food could be found under tracked vehicles. Once trained, the dogs were fitted with an explosive charge and set loose into a field of oncoming German tanks and other tracked vehicles. When the dog went underneath the tank"”where there was less armour"”the charge would detonate and damage the enemy vehicle.

According to Soviet sources, the anti-tank dogs were successful at disabling a reported three hundred German tanks. They were enough of a problem to the Nazi advance that the Germans were compelled to take measures against them. An armoured vehicle's top-mounted machine gun proved ineffective due to the relatively small size of the dogs and the fact that they were low to the ground, fast, and hard to spot. Orders were dispatched that commanded every German soldier to shoot any dogs on sight. Eventually the Germans began using tank-mounted flame-throwers to ward off the dogs. They were much more successful at dissuading the attacks, but some dogs would not stop.

In 1942, one use of the anti-tank dogs went seriously awry when a large contingent ran amok, endangering everyone in the battle and forcing the retreat of an entire Soviet division. Soon afterward the anti-tank dogs were withdrawn from service. Training of anti-tank dogs continued until at least June 1996. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://www.kerala.com/wiki-Anti-tank_dog

http://www.oddee.com/item_91684.aspx

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dog

M_Gunz
12-30-2007, 07:41 PM
Yeah but did they have anti-ship dolphins?

rawheid_rex
12-31-2007, 08:18 AM
In a similar vein, the incendiary pig was used in more ancient scenarios!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_pigs_(ancient_military_weapon)

voyager_663rd
12-31-2007, 09:17 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by rawheid_rex:
In a similar vein, the incendiary pig was used in more ancient scenarios!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_pigs_(ancient_military_weapon) </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Pig bombs (http://pig-wars.freeonlinegames.com/)

Waldo.Pepper
12-31-2007, 10:02 AM
Bat bombs.

http://www.afa.org/magazine/1990/1090bat.html

and Pigeon guidance system.

http://www.cynical-c.com/archives/009066.html

jarink
12-31-2007, 08:26 PM
Ahhh. The good ol' Dogmine. I remember learning about this when I first joined the Army in my 96B (Intelligence Analyst) training. The story as I recall was that the gods were trained using Soviet tanks. When released (Release the hounds! Let slip the Dogs of War! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif ), it was discovered that they differentiated between the sounds of Soviet and German tanks (diesel vs. gasoline engines, different tracks, etc.) and preferred to go after the Soviet tanks.

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">According to Soviet sources, the anti-tank dogs were successful at disabling a reported three hundred German tanks. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
If these sources were from any time before 1991, I'd take them with about a ton of salt.