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Cat - anti-aircraft gunner

Cat - anti-aircraft gunner

It happened in Belarus. Summer 1944 of the year. Through the burnt village, advancing on the heels of the advancing army, was a battery MZA. 37-mm anti-aircraft guns kept then the most dangerous range of heights - 2,0 - 3,0 km, securely covering ferries, airfields and other important objects.

A short halt on the ruins of the village. Thank God - the well is intact. Time - barely collect flasks and rewind footcloths. The only living soul was squinting in the sun on the remains of a burned log house. And that soul was a red kitten. People either died long ago, or left, out of harm's way ...

An elderly foreman dokurivaya cigarette, looked at the kitten for a long time, and then took it and put it on irradiation. Fed the rest of the dinner, like a cat Ryzhik and declared him the seventh fighter calculation. With a hint of the future glory of the murderer of mice and other neglect in the locations, and especially in the dugouts. The gray-headed lieutenant didn’t mind either, so Ryzhik caught on the battery. By winter, he grew up in a healthy red kotyar.

During enemy raids aviation Ginger disappeared, it is not known where and was born only when the cannons were sheathed. Then, a particularly valuable feature was noted behind the cat. And this peculiarity was noticed by our foreman - half a minute before the raid (and before you leave) Ryzhik growled muffled deafly in the direction from which enemy planes would appear. Everything turned out so that his house was mistakenly or purposefully bombed by German aircraft. And the sound that brings death, he remembered forever.

Such a rumor was appreciated by the entire battery. The rebound effectiveness of the enemy’s thinning attacks has grown by an order of magnitude, exactly like Ryzhik’s reputation. In the face he received immediately a signaler of the regiment, who tried to kick an animal that was tangled under his feet.

During the war, it never occurred to anyone to send to the acting part an inspector on the cleanliness of spins and greenness of grass, for this reason Ryzhik lived to the 45 year of April, before his high point.

In late April, the battery rested. The war died down and came to an end. Behind the last Fritz, there was a real hunt in the air, therefore, the MZA air defense battery simply enjoyed the spring sun and Ryzhik shtykh in the open air, excluding the legal meal time.

But here, ain seconds, and Ryzhik wakes up, gives wool on end, needs attention and roars strictly to the east. Incredible situation: in the East, Moscow and other rear. But the people are servicemen and trust the instinct of self-preservation. 37-graph paper can be brought into the combat position of the marching for 25-30 seconds. And in this static case, in 5-6 seconds.

Silence, trunks, just in case, directed to the east. We trust the cat and wait ... Our hawk appears with a smoky train. Behind him hangs, at the minimum distance - FW-190. The battery wedged in a double burst and Focker, without unnecessary gestures stuck into the ground for 500 -700 m from our positions. The hawk on the turn swung from wing to wing and left for landing, good, here all the bases are near - 10-15 km.

The next day, a car came full of guests and brought a pilot — a chest in orders, a bewildered look, and a suitcase with gifts. It is written on the face - who say thank you? He says - you guessed it, that I need help, so quickly? Yes, so exactly on target? I brought you, in gratitude, alcohol, lard, cigarette case and other gifts.
We nod at Ryzhik - tell him thanks! The pilot thinks he is being played. And the foreman tells the long version storiesyou have already read it.

To his credit, the next day the pilot returned with two kg of fresh liver for Ryzhik. This pilot even thought that the cat's name was Radar, but no - he was already called Ryzhik, they did not rename it.
In June, the 45 part was disbanded, everyone headed home. And the Belarusian elder took the cat with him to the village, rightly judging that if a cat was picked up in Belarus, then he would live there after the war. They say in the village where the foreman was from, the descendants of this cat still live - all fiery-red ....
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  1. Sid.74
    Sid.74 10 May 2014 08: 04
    A glorious story! Well done young fellow - instead of the 2 order of kg of liver! The battle cat was glad! yes
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    2. Stalker
      Stalker 11 May 2014 21: 45
      This is from the same series ..... laughing
  2. soaring
    soaring 10 May 2014 09: 16
    Article +++++ !!!!! Even cats fought with the Nazis !!!! It remains Ukrainians to conquer their country from the brown ....
  3. Sirius-2
    Sirius-2 10 May 2014 10: 03
    Super story! Drabkin should write a book: "Fluffy Fighters" or "I - Fluffy fought with the Wehrmacht!", Based on similar stories.
  4. Salamander
    Salamander 10 May 2014 10: 47
    Well done, fluffy! War cat! good
  5. sv68
    sv68 10 May 2014 11: 03
    a good and interesting article even raises the mood-respect to the author drinks
  6. Committee
    Committee 10 May 2014 11: 38
    How might you not like this?
  7. PValery53
    PValery53 10 May 2014 12: 14
    Although the feline soul is an independent "insect", it knows how to warn the people it needs about danger. Our cats (2) have already "recognized" me through and through, they predict my actions. Where I went, and they are already taking me there, show the way (to the kitchen)
  8. sabakina
    sabakina 10 May 2014 12: 52
    Good article! Once upon a time I read about it ... Thank you for reminding me!
    I had a cat, brought it home, there was no month yet. And we had a German shepherd, black-eyed. You won’t believe it, but the shepherd took up raising a kitten! And brought up! They ate one food from one cup (it used to be that she even stole water from a dog, drinks and looks around, walks or not, growled like a dog! But I still can’t understand how the cat felt my approach to the house !!! I’m just the door I open it in the entrance, and Chuchka (that’s the name of the cat) was already running to the front door! And everyone already knew that I was entering the entrance. How did she feel it?
    Unfortunately, now she is not with us, she lived for 18 years ...
    1. Alf
      Alf 10 May 2014 13: 30
      Animals have a great ear. I have a Doberman, I live on the fifth floor, when I just go into the staircase, I hear my eagle starting to burst at the door.
    2. inkass_98
      inkass_98 12 May 2014 15: 40
      Quote: sabakina
      I’m just opening the door to the entrance, and Chuchka (that’s the name of the cat) was already running to the front door!

      My belly is doing the same thing - I'm still on the street, I go up to the porch or I put the car, and she sits at the door, shows the children that they need to open the doors, and I live on the 4 floor - not quite on the ground.
  9. konvalval
    konvalval 10 May 2014 14: 13
    Animals are smarter, kinder and more loyal to humans. How many wanders in the suburban areas left by animals in the fall. I am surprised at the soullessness of people.
  10. Maksim...
    Maksim... 10 May 2014 14: 15
    Yes, noble cat! good
  11. Theton.
    Theton. 10 May 2014 16: 55
    Great story. I respect the catman very much. The cat also growls deafly when a drunk passes or makes noise in the stairwell))
  12. Morgan
    Morgan 10 May 2014 19: 30
    There was also a story about a Letnab dog, which flew on a fighter and warned the pilot that they were approaching him from behind (pounded on the head with his tail). So the dogs in that war became famous in the most unexpected roles.
    1. northern
      northern 18 May 2014 22: 25
      Yeah, the dogs then excelled. And sappers, and the watchman, and orderlies ...
  13. SkyMaXX
    SkyMaXX 10 May 2014 20: 02
    I am also a noble catman. Three cats at home. If I do not see them and do not squeeze at least a day, I miss you very much, as if I had not seen them for a week or more. Thank you for the story, or rather the past.
  14. santepa
    santepa 10 May 2014 20: 38
    June 24, 1945 on Red Square held a grand Victory Parade. Participation in it was not only people. Among the many pets of the Central School of Military Dog Breeding, who deserved the honorable right to take part in the solemn procession, there was a dog named Dzhulbars.

    True, on the day that the parade took place, he still did not recover from the wound received the day before and could not go as part of the Central School’s “box”.

    Its chief, Major General G. Medvedev, reported this to the commander of the parade, Marshal of the Soviet Union Konstantin Rokossovsky, who informed Stalin. The Supreme ordered:

    “Let this dog be carried in their arms along Red Square on my tunic ...”

    A well-worn tunic without shoulder straps was immediately delivered to Central School. They built something like a tray that was once visited by peddlers. Turning up the sleeves, they fastened the tunic to it with the back facing out, with the collar forward. Dzhulbars instantly realized what was required of him, and during training he lay on his tunic without moving.

    On the solemn day of the Great Parade, a mine detector dog was walking at the foot of each of the soldiers of the Central School of Military Dog Breeding. Major Alexander Mazover, the commander of the 37th separate demining battalion, marched in one of the “boxes”, carrying Dzhulbars with bandaged paws and a proudly thrown up muzzle on a tunic of a generalissimo ...

    So what was Dzhulbars famous for and why was he honored with this honor on this solemn day?

    The thing is that during World War II, trained dogs actively helped mine objects to sappers. One of them was Dzhulbars. The excellent intuition of a tireless dog was noted by sappers who cleared the grave of Taras Shevchenko in Kanev and the Vladimir Cathedral in Kiev. The palaces above the Danube, the castles of Prague, the cathedrals of Vienna - these unique architectural monuments have survived to our days thanks to the phenomenal instinct of Djulbars.

    A document confirming this is a certificate stating that from September 1944 to August 1945, while participating in mine clearance in Romania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Austria, a service dog nicknamed Dzhulbars found 7468 mines and more than 150 shells.

    On March 21, 1945, for the successful completion of the combat mission, Djulbars was awarded the medal “For Military Merit” - the only dog ​​awarded this award.
  15. santepa
    santepa 10 May 2014 21: 17
    And I had a cat Funtik, that sensed my entry into the front door on the 7th floor is half the battle. He slept in our corridor (so that his wife and I wouldn’t get into bed at the most inopportune moment), and in the middle of the night we wake up from the fact that Funta yells like undercut pigs, we leave, and there a flood, a flexible hose in the kitchen broke through Turkish (braid overcame), and the fountain under pressure, even 5 minutes and a get-up for serious money to the neighbors below would have been provided (people just made a good repair, but I didn’t manage to get through the continuous linoleum. Then I generally didn’t kiss Funtu in the ass !!!
  16. samoletil18
    samoletil18 11 May 2014 11: 13
    Our four-legged brothers are very smart and great sly. But they will never betray, and they do not care what your car, apartment, clothes, etc.
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  18. samoletil18
    samoletil18 11 May 2014 11: 23
    Yes, I also have a red cat. The name is Professor. Naturally, a member of the family.
  19. pts-m
    pts-m 11 May 2014 17: 31
    Here, even the belly understands who is the enemy and who is friend. To see before reincarnation was during life a VERY GOOD hunter!
  20. Grigorievich
    Grigorievich 11 May 2014 21: 22
    We had a red Kesha, maybe a descendant.
    1. Artem1967
      Artem1967 12 May 2014 19: 20
      Harsh red face! He piles on such a machine without a gun!
  21. aksai61
    aksai61 12 May 2014 01: 37
    wink Looks like our distant relative lived in positions :) Also red! And also in the air defense !!! I myself came !!! Kitten !!! Of course, from which side the aviation training raid will not be predicted, but here the appearance of the high command is always;)) Animals they smell thinner :)
  22. aksai61
    aksai61 12 May 2014 01: 41
    But the pictures found :)))
  23. aksai61
    aksai61 12 May 2014 01: 43
    Before building :)
  24. alex-cn
    alex-cn 12 May 2014 18: 56
    A collection of stories about beasts - helpers of fighters is quite typed, I remember there was a story about a hare tamed on a battery of the Northern Fleet, which the planes heard earlier than the noise finders
    1. mamont5
      16 May 2014 19: 48
      Yes, there was such a story. I read it in paper form. If I find, I'll try to lay out.
  25. Russian jacket
    Russian jacket 13 May 2014 06: 48
    I read the same tale about the cat of a hearing aid in besieged Leningrad. The story is similar. There, the cat predicted the same attacks by German aviation and did not react to Soviet aircraft.
  26. Grishka cat
    Grishka cat 13 May 2014 14: 29
    I love fishing, the blessing is the river under the house is 200m. Almost every time my cat Grigory walks with me to the river. We walk along 2 5 floors. The grandmothers sitting on the benches are always touched when they see Grishka chasing me. And if he doesn’t comes with me, then my grandmothers ask where the cat has gone. And so we shoot for 12 years, we go fishing in the summer in spring and autumn.
  27. pvn53
    pvn53 13 May 2014 14: 55
    Kotov is not very sorry, but in this case it penetrated to the soul. A plus
  28. Diter
    Diter 14 May 2014 23: 11
    I copy it, I read it to my grandchildren.
  29. tolancop
    tolancop 4 June 2014 17: 07
    The soul of the animal is dark. When I served, there were a couple of goats in the town, natural with horns. They didn’t seem to be seen at the usual time, but as a post, they were right there - they didn’t climb on the parade ground, but they were nibbling grass side by side on the lawn. Kobrig even tore off the latecomers a couple of times mercilessly: "Look at the goats. Animals, but they were never late for the post! Not like you ....".
  30. smershxnumx
    smershxnumx 18 August 2014 15: 00
    Great story! Well done cat! And the pilot is also handsome, did not forget about the cat!
  31. doxtop
    doxtop 2 September 2014 18: 34
    Quote: santepa
    On March 21, 1945, for the successful completion of the combat mission, Djulbars was awarded the medal “For Military Merit” - the only dog ​​awarded this award.

    Pancake! I forgot where ... for a long time it was already, but in some museum I saw a prize sheet for this Dzhulbars.
  32. John_f
    John_f 3 February 2015 17: 48
    Red cats to all cats cats!))) I also have a red one.
  33. yar bear
    yar bear 29 March 2017 00: 48
    Cool koshan