Unlikely heroes: The Tank Dogs of WWII

What are Tank Dogs, you ask?

They are lovely pets, known as man’s best friends, which “… were  trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated.”

Pretty sweet, right? Nothing wakes me up better than dog guts kicking a tank’s ass in the morning.

Well, it wasn’t exactly the best way to blow a tank:

There were several reasons that these methods didn’t work. To drop the bomb, the dogs had to pull on a belt with his teeth to release it. This proved to be too complicated, and often the dog would simply return to its handler without releasing the bomb. Secondly, remotes were too expensive at the time to be used practically, so timers would be used more often instead. If the dog returned to his handler with the bomb still attached, he would have killed the handler and himself.  Even if the bomb was released under the tank, if the tank was in motion and the timing wasn’t set just so, the bomb would simply explode without doing any damage to the enemy tank.

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