“Cry Havoc and Let Slip The Dogs Of War”
What image comes to your mind when you read this phrase from
Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar?
I have a mental picture of Soldiers standing in a field holding back big
bad ass dogs like Rottweilers, German Shepard’s, or Bull Mastiffs,
straining against their tethers, snapping teeth bared, frothing at the
mouth in anticipation of tasting the enemies blood.
But when I researched the phrase I discovered that the word “havoc” was a
military command given to soldiers to go out and create chaos.
“Dogs of war” is a metaphor that Shakespeare used often in his plays,
and refered to the soldiers of the middle ages.
This got me thinking about dogs and the role they have played in the
history of war.
I thought it would be interesting to give you a few examples of dogs who
have contributed in one way or another in different wars.
He was a stray mongrel dog that understood the dangers of the environment he was in,but showed no fear and he ran to and from the front lines howling his battle cry while his human comrades cowered and nerves came undone in the midst of the loud noise, strain, and fog of war.
Sgt. Stubby was responsible for saving countless human lives because he
was so intelligent and brave, it is said that he could smell mustard gas
before it became lethal and run up and down the trenches barking and
biting soldiers until they put their gas masks on.
Click here to read more about Sgt. Stubby’s heroic exploits.
The Exploding Anti-Tank Dogs Of World War 2
Sometime during the early 1930’s the Russians, after having no success
with getting the mine dogs to take explosives up to a tank and drop it,then return to the handler who would then detonate the bomb with a remote, some twisted Soviet came up with an idea that would work but it would cost Fido his life.
They simply strapped the dog with the bomb and the dog would go under a tank and the soldier would blow up the tank and the dog.
As you can imagine the Soviets did not have much success with this
Click here to read how this turned out for the Anti Tank Dogs Of World
Dogs Fighting The Current War On Terror
There are many dogs working along side of Soldiers today in all the war
zones of the world, they are used in many capacities and their training is constant and next to none. From sniffing out explosives to tracking insurgents as they try to hide in the desert,their contributions to the cause is not measurable.
Click here to read more about these highly trained dogs and their
“Cry Havoc and Let Slip the Dogs Of War”
Well that’s all for today I hope you found this post to be informative.
All the best,