October 3, 2014 by dracs
Warlord Games have a new anti-tank team for the Soviet forces to deal with the oncoming German tanks and it’s definitely not one for animal lovers. Man’s best friend joins the tank wars with these Soviet Army Dog Mines.
These dog mines are reportedly one of the war’s more famous miss-fires. The idea was that the dogs had a bomb strapped to them and would be trained to run under enemy tanks. When they did, a mechanism would flip, detonating the dog and the tank along with it. However, the dogs often got scared by the noise of battle and would even duck under the Soviet’s own tanks.
Unsurprisingly, the use of these canine anti-tank teams faded in 1942, but they were nonetheless credited with a number of tank kills and apparently unnerved the Germans enough to cause them to shoot dogs on sight. While they might not be the most pleasing method of tank disposal, they were still a prevalent part of early Soviet tactics and could be fun to include in your games of Bolt Action.
Will you send these dogs out after the enemy tanks? Or are you afraid they might just play fetch with the explosive and bring it back?