Anti-tank dogs were dogs taught to carry explosives to tanks, armored vehicles and other military targets. They were intensively trained by the Soviet and Russian military forces between 1930 and 1996 and used in 1941–1942 against German tanks in World War II.
Although the original dog training routine was to leave the bomb and retreat so that the bomb would be detonated by the timer, this routine failed and was replaced by an impact detonation procedure which killed the dog in the process.
The dog in the image below is being trained…
(via Think Tank)
Anti-tank dogs were kept hungry and taught to fetch their food from beneath tanks. When used in battle, the dog would be outfitted with a mine that had a lever sticking up from the dog’s back. The lever would be pushed backward and detonate the bomb when the dog crawled under the tank.
(via War Writing)