Kitty A Syrian rebel fighter trying to feed a stray cat during a moment of calm amidst the ongoing civil war against the Assad regime. (Photo: REUTERS)
Protecting the locals… Even if by locals it means stray kittens. Not sure what the story is on this photo. I guess cats and dogs found in the war zones are a simple reminder of home and the pets many soldiers have. On a gun related note, interesting optic choice, it looks like a Millet DMS-1.
I made a couple of posts with members of the Brazilian military and some jaguars. Apparently they’re mascots/pets of the Brazilian Jungle Warfare Center. They’re raised at a young age to be around humans but aren’t exactly 100% domesticated. For safety purposes though as they get older, the jaguar’s are de-fanged since they interact with the soldiers.
Possible reason for training with jaguars is the possibility of encountering them in the jungle if conducting anti-drug and smuggling operations. Understanding how to handle a big cat that pounces on you before you can draw your rifle may help you survive.
Kitty Corner Shot… An add-on for the Israeli Corner Shot mechanism. This is a specially made stuffed animal, in this case a cat, to wrap around the front end of the Corner Shot. It’s supposed to mimic a real cat from a distance or even as an actual stuffed toy left behind by a child. The head conceals the barrel and is destroyed when the gun fires.
Messenger cat… (A Soviet soldier slowly nudging a cat with propaganda and surrender leaflets attached to the collar. The cat was supposed to head over to the German side of the trenches in the heavy urban combat of Stalingrad. Note the PPSh-41 near the cat.)
War kitty… (Russian soldier petting a random kitten near a trench. Note his Mosin Nagant 91/30. You can see the bayonet, though not attached for combat. What’s interesting is that many people feel that the Mosin Nagant 91/30’s were sighted in at the factory with the bayonet attached. Firing it without the bayonet slightly affects accuracy since the sights are skewed towards the barrel harmonics of the bayonet being on. Whether this is true or not is up for debate and testing.)