From sniffing out bombs to protecting soldiers
from toxic gas, here are 11 animals used by the military. 11.) Bats
The bat bomb was a strange experimental weapon developed by the United States military during
World War II. It was designed to start thousands of fires
in cities across Japan in retribution for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The bat bomb plan called for 1,000 live bats
per bomb, with a tiny incendiary device fitted to each bat. All 1,000 bats would then be housed inside
a casing that could be dropped from an American warplane over Japan. The idea was that the bats and their attached
incendiaries would then seek shelter in wooden Japanese homes and buildings to roost in,
where they would kindle fires for the war effort. President Roosevelt approved the plan in 1942. The United States Military than spent about
$2 million trying to get the plan to work. More than 6,000 bats were used in the bat
bomb tests. However, most of them plunged straight to
the ground or just flew away. They did manage to set fire to a simulated
Japanese village and the car of a general before the program was completely abandoned. The plot was almost perfect, but not quite. 10.) Rats
In 2012, U.S. Army officials highlighted their use of rats in the Rugged Automated Training
System (RATS)- get it??- which was developed to see how well the rodents could find bombs. In Cambodia, each rat is responsible for clearing
a 200-square-meter (239-square-yard) patch of land during its training. Specifically, these are African giant pouched
rats, which are larger than the average rat. They are about 2 feet long (60.96 cm) from
head to tail. Their eyesight is terrible, but their sense
of smell is extraordinary. The rats can detect the presence of TNT in
amounts starting at 29 grams (about 1 ounce). The use of rats could have several advantages,
including that their small size would allow them to sneak into tiny spaces where larger
animals and people cannot. Landmines continue to be one of the world’s
most dangerous weapons, especially in post-conflict countries. Scattered across 78 countries, these weapons
of war can remain buried beneath the surface for decades, and their deadly nature does
not diminish over time. It is estimated that about 800 people are
killed by landmines on a monthly basis. If rats are able to detect landmines, and
remove them, this could be a huge advantage for not only the military but also civilians
in countries that are still affected by war. Bet you didn’t expect that rats are saving
lives! 9.) Elephants
Due to their massive size and powerful tusks, elephants have been used in the military since
ancient times. Elephant units were first incorporated in
militaries in India about 4,000 years ago. Throughout history, famous generals including
Hannibal, and Alexander the Great used elephants to crush their opponents. There were 37 elephants in the Second Punic
War with Hannibal. They famously traveled from Spain, through
Gaul, over the Alps, and into northern Italy. How any of them survived the journey is still
a wonder! War elephants were usually deployed in the
center of the line, where the imposing beasts would charge at up to 20 miles per hour toward
the enemy. Their thick skin made it hard for enemies
to injure them up close and they could easily crush enemy lines and throw soldiers out of
the way. They were also used to carry heavy materials
across difficult terrain before the invention tanks and helicopters. Their trunks could carry spears and other
weapons easily and could knock down fortifications and were even used to help armies cross rivers. Elephants are very intelligent and take well
to training, but no matter how well prepared and disciplined they are, they are still wild
at heart which made them hard to use in combat. On more than one occasion, elephants panicked
and trampled friendly soldiers during confrontations. However, the elephant was not very fearful
of enemy lines and only panicked when there was cannon fire since they were such a big
target. Most recently, elephants were used in the
Vietnam War by the Viet Cong to move supplies. Even today, Burmese rebels use elephants in
their fight against the government. 7.) Camels
Most people would never think of camels in the United States, but up until the end of
the Civil War, camels were a huge part of the US military. While the use of camels has died down, they
are still used in desert regions around the world. They have always been valued in the military
due to their ability to handle long marches with little water and extreme temperatures. Archaeologists think camels were first tamed
as pack animals and as herd animals for milk and meat in North Africa and the Middle East
around 3,000 years ago. The first recorded use of camels in war is
in 853 B.C., when the Arab king Gindibu fielded 1,000 camels in an allied army united against
the Assyrians at the Battle of Qarqar, in modern-day Syria. In World War I, both the Ottoman and Allied
forces in the Middle East included camel cavalry among their forces. However, camels during war were not only used
to carry military supplies during long marches. They were also used to carry the wounded from
the front lines to hospitals. Today, the Texas Camel Corps is trying to
bring back the camel and its little known history by taking groups through Texas’s
Big Bend. 6.) Seals and Sea Lions
Seals and sea lions are being used as advanced tactical weapons by the most powerful militaries
in the world. Putin now has combat seals trained to plant
explosives on hostile vessels, guard undersea pipelines and hunt for objects in Arctic waters. During the Cold War, east and west trained
dolphins and whales to attack enemy divers with special knives or pistols fixed to their
heads. The advantage of using seals and sea lions
is that they are easily trainable and smart. The Navy loves using sea lions. Sea lions have excellent low-light vision
and underwater hearing, and can swim 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). They can do repeated dives to depths of up
to 1,000 feet (305 meters)! A special sea lion harness also carries cameras
that can provide live underwater video footage. Just one sea lion, two human handlers, and
a rubber boat can replace a full-sized naval vessel, its crew and a group of human divers
to search for objects on the ocean floor. Sea lions are trained to detect any swimmer
who is in a restricted area. The animal clamps a “bite plate” onto the
swimmer’s leg and takes the attached tether back to his handler, effectively capturing
a diver!!! The sea lions are so fast that the clamp is
on before the swimmer is even aware of it. These specially trained sea lions, part of
the Navy’s Shallow Water Intruder Detection System, patrol Navy bases and were even deployed
to protect ships from terrorists in the Persian Gulf. Furthermore, seals and sea lions have an advantage
over other marine mammals, such as dolphins, used by the military because they can chase
their enemy onto land if needed. They can resist changes in water temperature
and and have lots of teeth to defend themselves. No robot can replace what seals and sea lions
do for militaries. And now for one of the most famous ones but
first be sure to subscribe and click the notification bell so you don’t miss out on the latest videos! 5.) Bees
Bees have been used in the military for centuries. The Romans seem to have an especially bad
history with bees. In 69 B.C., the Heptakometes of the Trebizond
region in Turkey tricked invading soldiers under the command of the Roman General Pompeii
by leaving hives filled with poisoned honey along the route of their march. Soldiers would stop to eat some, get sick
and die! It’s actually hard to find examples of cultures
that did NOT use bees as weapons in some capacity. We have known for a long time that honeybees
can be trained to detect all kinds of smells, from drugs to deadly explosives. Bees have antennas that are able to sense
pollen in the wind and track it down to specific flowers. By mixing the target substance with sugar
water and then giving it to a bee, the been can then recognize that distinct smell, just
like it would for a flower. Now, they are being trained by the military
to smell bombs. The bees are trained to believe that the sugar
water is located near TNT. A honeybee bomb detection unit looks like
a simple box and can be located anywhere like outside airport security, or on a train platform. Inside the box, bees are strapped into tubes
and exposed to puffs of air where they constantly check for the faint scent of a bomb. A video camera linked to pattern recognition
software alerts authorities when the bees start waving their proboscises in unison,
alerting them to the smell. 4.) Mules
Mules have played an unglamourous but crucial role throughout the history of warfare by
carrying or hauling most of the food, water, tents, weapons, ammunition and other supplies
needed by armies. Mules were a piece of equipment that could
take supplies where no truck or jeep could go. In fact, mules were preferred over horses
when carrying large loads because they had better endurance and because they were a bit
calmer than horses. In World War II, mules were used to carry
the wounded off the front lines, and were often injured themselves because they would
be targeted by machine guns. Many mules gave their lives to protect soldiers
on the front lines as they would block the onset of bullets with their bodies. Today, there is a renewed interest in using
pack animals in warfare. Special Forces missions have used mules all
over the world and the US specifically has used mules in Afghanistan, where they help
keep open supply lines to remote mountain outposts and assist in medical evacuation. 3.) Dogs
While dogs have been used in military conflicts for hundreds of years, it was not until World
War II when they were officially recognized as an asset by the US. One of the earliest accounts of dogs fighting
in battle comes from the early kingdom of Lydia in Asia Minor around 600 B.C., which
is where a pack of Lydian war dogs routed and killed a number of invaders. Dogs were used extensively by the Egyptians,
Greeks, Romans, and even Attila the Hun. Fun fact: now, around 85% of military working
dogs are purchased from Germany and the Netherlands. A famous dog was Sergeant Stubby, who served
on the Western Front during WWI. He went on to do many things to help his fellow
soldiers, such as detect gas, bark out warnings when rival troops were near, and locate the
wounded on the battlefield. He saved his regiment from several gas attacks
and caught several German soldiers. Today, there are over 2,500 dogs used by American
forces alone. Almost half of them are overseas. Dogs of war today are mainly limited to the
battlefield roles of messengers, trackers, scouts, and sentries alongside human handlers. Only about 50% of the dogs make it through
training. Those that do have an average 98% accuracy
in detecting bombs and drugs and are a priceless asset and companion to those who serve. 2.) Bears
Bears appear a few times in the history of warfare, but one bear in particular became
famous for his exploits against the Germans during World War II. Wojtek (pronounced Voytek) was a Syrian brown
bear cub adopted by troops from a Polish supply company who purchased him while they were
stationed in Iran. When the Polish troops were moved around as
the war progressed, Wojtek went too.He would bathe and wrestle with his fellow soldiers
and even captured a theif that had broken into the ammunition compound where he was
sleeping. He took part in battle zones in Iraq, Palestine,
Egypt and then Italy. Eventually, Wojtek had grown to weigh more
than 880 pounds (400 kg) and stood more than 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall. He was also enlisted as a private soldier
in the supply company, with his own paybook, rank and serial number, and eventually rose
to the rank of corporal in the Polish Army. In the 1940s, Wojtek was sent with his unit
to Monte Casino in Italy, during one of bloodiest series of battles of World War II, where he
helped carry crates of ammunition. 1. Dolphins
In 2016, the Russian government put out an ad to purchase 5 combat dolphins with perfect
teeth. They didn’t say what they wanted the dolphins
for, but you can use your imagination. Countries have been using dolphins for underwater
military tasks for over 50 years. The US Navy has had a dolphin training program
since the 1960’s when they tried to create a missile that looked like a dolphin. Then someone realized that dolphins were highly
trainable and adaptable as well as being more precise than other marine mammals such as
belugas. Navy dolphins (and other military dolphins
belonging to other countries) are usually trained to find underwater mines. They are not usually trained to attack but
that depends on the military. For the Navy they are trained to alert their
handler to enemy swimmers or divers who are trespassing on underwater military property. In the Vietnam war they were deployed to protect
ships and submarines at the American base in Cam Rahn Bay and then most recently in
the Iran-Iraq war where they protected vessels in the Persian Gulf. The Navy has been sued by animal activists
for taking dolphins out of the wild and forcing them to work in icy waters, leading to the
death of some dolphins. They settled the case promised to suspend
projects in colder waters and to stop taking dolphins from the wild. The US Navy has also claimed that it has never
trained dolphins to kill but former dolphin trainers have claimed otherwise. Russia has made no such promises although
because they are such a priceless asset, there is really no reason to send them into active
combat. What do you think about using animals for
military purposes? Let us know in the comments below. Be sure to subscribe and see you next time
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  2. We use animals more than we love them, the world needs another mass extinction event. Ok well that escalated quickly XD Anyways, i make creepy videos on true stories if anyone is interested 😉

  3. Using animals as weapons is sick and cruel. The Army put all their malamutes on a small ice burg, after they were done using them and blew it up. There is no conscience either for humans or animals when it comes to the "superiors" or politicians pertaining to the military. Look, today, most of the politicians who control the military have never even served in the "military. They get out of this experience with money and contacts. ANIMALS SHOULD NEVER BE USED IN THE MANNERS THAT HURT THEM!

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  5. Som of the animals are good some not dog's are good Bat why they don't have ? in the army?
    They work in groups and are smart they also kan run al long time

  6. I don't like the idea of using animals in the military. I'm also doing a project in my government class and I chose the topic of wildlife protection.

  7. I hate the goverment for their tests on innocent animals. Them using animals in war now? That's just sick

  8. I will not newer take them for bad deeds they must stay in the wild if I cod train them I will train them for good deeds

  9. 10:52 " To help his fellow soldiers", this dog was not born a soldier, the dog was made that way. I don't like the way it is highlighted as if these animals had a free will to choose to help. Many innocent animals died, meanwhile the guilty corrupters got away with murder. I think using animals for warfare should be forbidden, they have nothing to do with war and revenge.

  10. Animal 1: Where are you going?
    Animal 2: To war
    Animal 1: Are you seriously decided to help humans fight themselves?
    Animal 2: This is not my choice 🙁

  11. You could have put horses together with mules… I mean horses were the mostly used in warfare throughout human history from ever since they were tamed up to ww2.

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