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08-06-2008, 05:54 AM
How did mice help the Russians defeat the Germans in the Stalingrad campaign.

I got this from a book I read this morning and thought it was interesting to see mice assisting the Russians.

I'll post the answer in a day or two but if someone guesses it, I'll note it right away if Im available.

08-06-2008, 06:00 AM
Here is the answer (a copy/paste of this site: http://members.tripod.com/~Nevermore/stalingrad2.html (http://members.tripod.com/%7ENevermore/stalingrad2.html))

Hitler was not too disposed to take Romanian anxieties seriously. But he did agree to make tank and anti-tank forces available to them and ordered XLVIII Panzer Corps into the sector on November 10th. Since September it had been inactive and because of fuel shortage many of the tank engines had not been started for over two months. <span class="ev_code_YELLOW">The tanks had been dug in, camouflaged and protected against the frost with straws and reeds. When the German division was ordered to take to the road, sixty-five of its hundred and four tanks could not be started. Even after intensive work only forty-two could be put in running order. The straw had attracted mice, and the mice went into the tanks to look for food and feasted on the insulation covering the electrical wiring. When the tanks started up short circuits developed in their electrical systems, and several of them were set on fire by sparks.</span>

And what do I win??? A vacuum cleaner, new fridge, DVD player, hairdryer??? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/disagree.gif

08-06-2008, 06:39 AM
A couple of already fed mice? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

08-06-2008, 05:05 PM
Great job Uufflakke Bingo!!