These 15 Animals Are War Heroes That Helped Militaries Fight Their Battles
Since the dawn of war, humans have utilized animals to fight and die alongside them. From Genghis Khan's horses to the anti-tank dogs of World War II, the military never run out of ideas to enlist animals to help them fight their battles.
Here are 15 animal warriors that have served bizarre and heroic roles in military operations:
1. Dolphin spies
For more than 40 years, dolphins have assisted the US Navy in detecting, locating and marking mines, as well as suspicious swimmers and divers. They were utilized during the Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bats, with small bombs strapped to their body, were used during World War 2 to unleash hell's fury on the paper and wood cities of Japan. The US military invested around 2 million dollars in the said project. Unfortunately, bat bombs were accidentally released and started a fire at an Air Force base in Carlsbad, N.M. The plan was later on cancelled.
They were used by American and British military during WW2 to carry messages, maps, photos and even cameras. Historians claimed that over 90% of all pigeon-carried messages sent by the US military during WW2 were successfully received.
During World War II, glowworms were used for lighting purposes. Soldiers would gather them and put them in jars to create lanterns used for reading maps and writing communications while in dark trenches.
A 250-pound bear named Wojtek was trained by the Polish military to carry boxes of mortar shells and ammunition during WWII. He was enlisted in the Polish Army in 1944 and traveled with the Polish 2nd Company. One time he discovered an Arab spy hiding behind the army's bat hut.