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It stated that there were three major flaws with the dog mines:
1) Stupid Russians, they trained the dogs under their own tanks, I guess assuming that the dogs would instinctivly run under the "evil Fascist" tanks. In battle, when the dogs did get to a tank, they would usually run to the first Russian tank that they saw/smelled with obvious results.
2) The Germans soon learned of this tactic and word spread quickly, causing nearly all dogs on the Eastern Front to be shot within days. In essence, the Soviets ran out of ammo.
3) In battle, many of the dogs would become frightened and confused, often just running frantically, causing more harm to those around them (Soviet handlers and other troops) than the Germans.
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I am sorry I love dogs, but that is almost humorous. I do not laugh about the dogs, just the look on the Russian's face as the dog turns back on their own tanks. Makes you wonder how many dog handlers there were left after there comrades started shooting at them...1) Stupid Russians, they trained the dogs under their own tanks, I guess assuming that the dogs would instinctivly run under the "evil Fascist" tanks. In battle, when the dogs did get to a tank, they would usually run to the first Russian tank that they saw/smelled with obvious results.
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This was as bad as the American scheme to attache explosive to bats and release them over Japan. The bats were expected to roost on the side of wooden Japanese buildings and then the building and the hapless bat would catch fire!
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Written by a group of German soldiers, it is both funny and reminds one about some of the things they have been doing in the Soviet Union. A very clever piece of work.Notes for those going on Leave.
You must remember that you are entering a National Socialist country whose living conditions are very different to those to which you have become accustomed. You must be tactful with the inhabitants, adapting to their customs and refrain from the habits which you have come to love so much.
Food: Do not rip up the parquet or other kinds of floor, because potatoes are kept in a different place.
Curfew: If you forget your key, try to open the door with the round-shaped object. Only in cases of extreme urgency use a grenade.
Defence against Partisans: It is not necessary to ask civilians the password and open fire on receiving an unsatisfactory answer.
Defence against Animals: Dogs with mines attached to them are a special feature of the Soviet Union. German dogs in the worst cases bite, but they do not explode. Shooting every dog you see, although recommended in the Soviet Union, might create a bad impression.
Relations with the Civil Population: In Germany just because somebody is wearing women's clothes does not necessarily mean that she is a partisan. But in spite of this, they are dangerous for anyone on leave from the front.
General: When on leave back in the Fatherland take care not to talk about the paradise existence in the Soviet Union in case everybody wants to come here and spoil our idyllic comfort.
And now for the one I was looking for
Both quotes are from StalingradSeveral German panzer divisions also encountered a new form of unconventional weapon during this fighting. They found Russian dogs running towards them with a curious-looking saddle holding a load on top with a short upright stick. At first the panzer troops thought that they must be first-aid dogs, but then realized that the animals had explosives or an anti-tank mine strapped to them. These 'mine-dogs', trained on Pavlovian principles, had been taught to run under large vehicles to obtain their food. The stick, catching against the underside, would etonate the charge. Most of the dogs were shot before they reached their target, but this macabre tactic had an unnerving effect.
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