Military Animals And The History Behind Them

1153 WordsMar 29, 20175 Pages
Military Animals and the History Behind Them Meet Lex L479. Lex is a Belgian Malinois and is part of an extraordinary team. She lives, works, and spends every hour of the day with her handler and best friend, Sergeant Mark Vierig. Together, Vierig and Lex make a rare type of team. Their mission is to track down fleeing insurgents and find those who plant IEDs, or improvised explosive devices. During February of 2011, Lex, Vierig, and a marine squad were returning back to base when they were fired upon by three Taliban insurgents. The marines returned fire, and the insurgents fled into a nearby village. Usually, it is easy for the insurgents to disappear and blend into a village; however, this would not be the case today, because of Lex.…show more content…
Canines were first used by Pharaoh Rameses II. Rameses II used war dogs, with spiked collars, that raced ahead of his armies. By turning the gentle Mastiff into a fearless and vicious fighter, the Romans were able to instill fear and terror into armies. They would wrap the massive canine in spike-covered armor and have it charge at full speed. Canines were used, not only for attack in this manner, but also to warn of an impending attack and to send messages (Aiello and Bacon 17-18). Elephants were used to terrorize and create mass destruction in enemy front lines. Though they were difficult to train and control, many believed that the destruction caused by elephants was worth the effort taken to train them. Animals were an important part of ancient warfare and their use has continued until today. Due to the invention and development of the engine, the use of horses in military and warfare has been phased out of practice. In poorer, less-developed nations, horses, as well as camels, continue to be used for transportation, and in modern times, there are certain circumstances where military forces will use mules or horses for transport. Some animals, that were extremely useful in the past, have become unnecessary, due to the advancing times and technologies. One example is the carrier pigeon, which was historically used to send, and receive, messages. In modern times, they
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