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Fighting in the Little Land. Goat Slukhach and turtles

Malaya Zemlya bridgehead was very specific and unique. First, it was too close to the main front line. Landings of this level are rarely carried out in a similar proximity to the front. Secondly, the area of ​​the beachhead was limited and never was static. Thirdly, the supply was carried out exclusively by the sea, which created many problems. And these problems were not limited by the opposition of the enemy. This relief, and the lack of infrastructure and so on. Four-legged helpers became the solution to the issue of transportation of goods in specific relief ...

Fighting in the Little Land. Goat Slukhach and turtles

Ishaki, intelligent animals

The main small-land (as well as the entire foothills of the Caucasus Mountains and the Caucasus itself) were donkeys. True, this four-legged transport generally enjoyed and is very popular in mountainous and foothill conditions, where narrow paths are the only threads connecting combat positions.

Directly in the Little Land, the donkeys transported everything — ammunition, weapons, and equipment. A small donkey, despite its modestly seemingly powerful forces, was quite capable of transporting up to two boxes of ammunition or shells for many kilometers. They took care of the animals, and during the day they grazed them in beams and crevices hidden from the enemy, where the donkeys could be fortified with vegetation.

Despite the fact that the name of these animals became synonymous with stupidity, donkeys on Malaya Zemlya demonstrated wonders of cunning and ingenuity. So, Georgii Vladimirovich Sokolov, a direct participant in the defense of the Little Land, the commander of a separate reconnaissance company, and later the editor of the newspaper “The Battle Banner” of the 117 Guards Division, in his numerous memoirs (for example, “Little Land”) recalled hardworking donkeys. When the donkeys met on a narrow mountain path, the one that was going empty flight, pressed low to the ground, and the laden “colleague” gently stepped over it and continued its flight.

Legendary Small Land Cow

Separately, it is worth mentioning the famous Malaya Zemlya cow. This fact, described even by Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev, did take place. So, once, in the case of supplies, one of the fighters was sent from Minor Land to Gelendzhik. Having seized the moment and wanting to enjoy a peaceful life, the fighter went for a walk in the mountains, truly, to breathe in the fresh air of pines and juniper, deprived of a caustic powder fire. It was there that he came across a completely lonely wandering cow, abandoned in the chaos of evacuation.

Motobots - transport of the Little Land

The fighter did not lose his head and led the cow to Gelendzhik pier. The commander of one of the amphibious bots, who, along with the schooners and motobarkas, carried out the transfer of cargo, manpower and equipment to the “Little Land” bridgehead, was at first confused by the request to deliver the cow to the coast covered by the battle. But after a brief explanation, he agreed to load the cow on the deck. The explanations were as simple as possible - milk for the wounded.

On the bridgehead the cow was met with great enthusiasm. Especially for her, they dug a safe shelter, brought hay with difficulty every day, and handed over all the milk they had been given to the hospital for the wounded. Also, the milk was supposed to guests of a kind of "rest home" - a special dugout for especially distinguished fighters, where they could afford to spend at least a couple of days on clean sheets away from battles, dirt and blood.

Strange as it may seem, the appearance of a cow also had a positive psychological effect. The defenders of the Lesser Land, especially from peasant families, after protracted battles, loved just to be near the peaceful female chewing hay, stroke the symbol of peaceful life and inhale the aroma of fresh milk.

Kebab Strikes Back

The hero of the Soviet Union, the Marine, the indestructible defender of the Novorossiysk elevator, Alexander Vasilyevich Raikunov, in the book of his memoirs “The company, follow me!” (1984 year) recalled an unusual case when a goat made a fighting unit. Once a goat was found in one of the gorges of the Markotkh Ridge. The first desire of the Marines, whose diet in the conditions of the battles for Novorossiysk was more than scanty, was to fry from a hoofed noble barbecue.

Alexander Raikunov

However, the commander decided otherwise to use the suddenly appeared meat resource. That same night, the goat was dragged to the slope of a mountain spur, which was located on a kind of neutral strip, and tied to a peg. Themselves as fighters in the number of 15 people lurking not far away, waiting for the Germans to also donate to the meat for free. It did not take long to wait, soon the trio of hapless Fritz headed for the goat. As a result, the whole company along with the goat was delivered to our headquarters. The fate of the goat is unknown.

But not always goats were considered only in gastronomic terms. When the paratroopers released Myskhako, the evacuation of civilians began, which were sent by sea to a relatively rear Gelendzhik. During the next loading onto the boats, the commander of one of the battalions of the 165 Infantry Brigade convinced a local resident to sell him a goat named Pretty Woman, because the people were evacuated first of all, and the woman had little chance of transporting the animal to the peaceful shore.

The goat was milked, supplementing the ration of wounded soldiers with goat milk. But once a German shell exploded near the goat. Pretty Woman did not suffer, but the soldiers noticed that the goat had become unusually sensitive to any signs of impending bombardment or shelling. No one else heard the echo from the whistling of shells or the echoes of the hum of the bomber, and the goat was already hiding in the rocky ledges. They couldn’t think of a better signaling system, therefore, despite the fact that the beauty of the shock almost stopped giving milk, the goat was left in the battalion, closely watching its behavior.

Turtles, but not ninjas

Once on the coast near Novorossiysk, it was not worth much to meet the Mediterranean tortoise of Nikolsky. Even the author saw them several times in his childhood, but now this species is under threat of complete extinction due to human activity. And during the war, there were a huge number of turtles on the bridgehead. I personally could not find reports that they were used for food, but the fact of using them for the purpose of provoking the enemy is quite real.

Mediterranean tortoise Nikolsky

So, once one of the fighters caught in the trenches a turtle heading towards the German positions. Either the fighter decided to test the invented method of provoking the enemy, or simply decided to annoy the Fritz, but, having tied a tin can to the turtle, he sent the new saboteur to the German barriers. The turtle reached the German barbed wire hung with cans and bottles and made a lot of noise. The enemy, mortally afraid of desperate marines, did not understand, opened indiscriminate shooting.

The next day, our fighters had already prepared a whole detachment of ten turtles. This time the rumble was stronger, so the Germans poured the absolutely empty boom line with fire longer, while our soldiers quietly fixed firing points and without hesitation enjoyed the waste of enemy ammunition.

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  1. Albatroz
    Albatroz 21 June 2019 18: 15
    Wow. Right in the animal world, and even in such a difficult time)
    and after all all brought victory closer))
    1. Horse, people and soul
      Horse, people and soul 23 June 2019 17: 06
      It all started with geese.

      Geese saved Rome.



      In the 390th year before the river. X. The savage Gallic peoples attacked the Romans. The Romans could not cope with them, and who escaped completely out of the city, and who locked themselves in the Kremlin. The Kremlin was called the Capitol. Only senators remained in the city. The Gauls entered the city, killed all the senators and burned Rome. In the middle of Rome there was only the Kremlin - the Capitol, where the Gauls could not get. The Gauls wanted to plunder the Capitol, because they knew that there were many riches. But the Capitol stood on a steep mountain: on one side there were walls and gates, and on the other there was a steep cliff. At night, the Gauls furtively fled from the cliff to the Capitol: they supported each other from below and handed each other spears and swords.
      So they slowly climbed the cliff, no dog heard them.
      They had already climbed through the wall, when suddenly the geese sensed the people, giggled and flapped their wings. One Roman woke up, rushed to the wall and knocked down one gully under the cliff. Gull fell and knocked the others behind him. Then the Romans fled and began throwing logs and stones under the cliff and killing many Gauls. Then came help to Rome, and the Gauls drove away.

      Since then, the Romans in their memory to celebrate the holiday. Priests go dressed up in the city; one of them carries a goose, and behind it a dog is dragged on a rope. And the people go to the goose and bow to him and the priest: for the geese they give gifts, and the dog is beaten with sticks until the burrows until it dies.
  2. sabakina
    sabakina 21 June 2019 18: 18
    How many such cases were in the Second World War ... Listening cats, Yaroslavl rodent fighter cats, blind violinist on radar, orderlies dogs, demolition dogs ... I think. we don’t have everything and we know that ...
  3. Phil77
    Phil77 21 June 2019 18: 27
    East wind! Excellent! Pts. and very good an interesting article, thank you! Here fellows and heroes were little villagers, Eternal glory to them, honor and respect!
  4. Hunghuz
    Hunghuz 21 June 2019 18: 47
    The goat could well be the mascot of the piece
    Like in the English army
    1. sabakina
      sabakina 21 June 2019 18: 51
      Is it worth it? Knowing our craftsmen, the enemy will flee from one look of this goat on the chevron! wink
      1. Hunghuz
        Hunghuz 21 June 2019 20: 00
        On the chevron is not necessary) I'm talking about a talisman, not an emblem.
        And the talisman is alive.
        I saw a photo - an English regiment with its mascot. The soldiers are leading the goat, he is healthy and vigorous. On the head - a "shaving bowl", that is, a British helmet
    2. vladcub
      vladcub 21 June 2019 21: 28
      I remember the d / f about the Partisan parade in Minsk, and participated there.
      Actually, there is something in this, when the skin acts as a symbol of the part. Some kind of symbolism: the goat is a purely peaceful animal, but if it is over, it will give back. It's almost like a pre-war song: "we are peaceful people, but our armored train is on a side track"
  5. arkady149
    arkady149 21 June 2019 18: 52
    I keep two red-eared turtles at home (for 9.5 years), a stubborn animal, sometimes unexpectedly swift. hang something like go-pro - and wat you an uncontrollable scout.
  6. a housewife
    a housewife 21 June 2019 20: 04
    And where on the Malaya Mountain Trail? In the book "Small Land" I do not remember a story about donkeys. True, I read it a long time ago! Where else can you read about it? Turtles - yes! As a child, I lived in my garden for several years. A very clever creature.
  7. vladcub
    vladcub 21 June 2019 21: 41
    "in his numerous memoirs (for example," Small Land ") after the appearance of Brezhnev's book, Sokolov's book was urgently renamed" land of fire "and it almost disappeared in the late 70s, early 80s. I read it in the magazine version, more as a teenager, and then matured and searched for about five years, but did not find. I will try to search in Militer
    1. Olezhek
      Olezhek 24 June 2019 19: 56
      "in his numerous memoirs (for example," Small Land ") after the appearance of Brezhnev's book, Sokolov's book was urgently renamed into" Tierra del Fuego "

      Well, that could have been "Small Land of Fire".

      Terra del fuego - she is so ...

  8. evgic
    evgic 21 June 2019 21: 42
    When donkeys met on a narrow mountain trail, the one that was on the empty flight pressed low to the ground, and the laden his "colleague" carefully stepped over it and continued on his flight.
    And donkeys will be smarter than other homosapienes
  9. Fayter2017
    Fayter2017 21 June 2019 23: 08
    It’s interesting to read about cats. Familiar with the atom, he said that in the mouse dugout the largest scourge. There are about 20 mousetraps, while the duty officer collects the latter, the former are already starting to work.
  10. Storekeeper
    Storekeeper 22 June 2019 02: 18
    Fresh milk, childhood memories! The neighbors had a cow. So far, with a three liter can from your neighbors you will reach half the can! But he didn’t get sick, the floor of the class was on sick leave, and I don’t even sneeze! For the wounded and sick, fresh milk is a big deal!
  11. Square
    Square 24 June 2019 21: 02
    There is no doubt that the author, if not crazy, then the person suffering from brain failure is for sure.
    As seriously as possible, it’s not only about talking about the above, but also passing off fables as truth.
    What is the squadron of turtles, moved under the neighing of soldiers to the German trenches?)
    Firstly, they see nothing more to do, the fighters, except how to play with turtles.
    Secondly, the turtle is not a dog - and does not understand the teams, and will not do what they say to it)
    And then the whole squadron in a single rush reached the German trenches, no one turned away))
    so probably they wanted to run away)))