Throughout thousands of years of human history, dogs have been at man’s side as loyal companions, through thick and thin, at home and at war. March 13 is National K9 Veterans Day in America, during which we celebrate the heroics of our canine friends who served in the military. To mark the occasion, we’re bringing back the T-34-85 Rudy, the only tank in the game to have a dog as a Crew member!
is a variant of the T-34-85 and featured in the Polish TV series ‘Four Tank Men and a Dog’, which ran from 1966 to 1970. Like Szarik, its four-legged occupant, this Soviet Tier VI Medium Tank offers the best combination of bark and bite. Capitalise on its splendid mobility and team up with a pack of other Medium Tanks to pursue and decimate opponents, or stick to the outskirts and harass foes from afar as a formidable lone wolf. If you want to take T-34-85 Rudy out for a walk (and a spot of combat), grab the Ultimate, Loaded, or Base bundle before March 16!
At the Battle of Pelusium in 525 BCE, the Persian king Cambyses II reinforced his frontlines with dogs and other animals, exploiting the Egyptians’ religious adoration of animals to put them at a severe psychological disadvantage.
When Xerxes’ Persian army met Leonidas and his Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae, he was flanked by enormous packs of hounds.
Ancient Romans specifically trained dogs for war, kitting the canines out with razor sharp spikes, and unleashing them to break enemy formations.
Thousands of dogs were employed in World War I to detect and aid the wounded, act as sentries, and deliver messages.
Rex, a black Labrador, made Reichswald Forest safe from German mines in March 1945, saving hundreds of British soldiers in the process, while also protecting the visiting Prime Minister Winston Churchill from harm.
Be the top dog, and get these Emblems in-game for a limited time only! To access the K9 Emblems, hit 'Upgrade' on your tank of choice, then head to the 'Customize' tab, and select 'Emblems' to decorate your vehicle.