The Wolf pack

Wolves in World War 1

Wolves are the largest members of the dog family and are notoriously recognised for their pack mentality, social hierarchy and ruthlessness. Grey wolf ancestors were  group of generalised carnivores named creodonts that first emerged over 100 million years ago. These historic killers have been causing havoc amongst humans for centuries. During the 1916 – 1917 winter of World War 1, half-starved Russian Wolves converged on both the German and Russia lines in the Northern part of the front in the Vilnius-Minsk region. Their desperation now increased beyond the fear of humans, the Wolves began stalking and attacking individuals. This then evolved into the Wolves attacking groups of soldiers so viciously that they had to take action. Poisoning, rifles and machine guns failed. The grenades made a dent, but the large powerful Russian wolves were so hungry, fresh wolf packs simply replaced those that were killed.

The waves of fearless wolves continued their onslaught against the soldiers who convinced their commanders to allow a temporary truce between the German and Russian troops. They worked out terms and the fighting between the two sides. The battles on the Eastern front had already been brutal enough in ridiculously harsh conditions. The coordinated effort between the opposing nations was soon put into effect and the wolves were rounded up and killed. The rest scattered, leaving the area once and for all to the humans.  The problem was solved, the truce was called off and the soldiers soon got back to killing each other without the interference of those pesky wolves. The absurdity of war is clearly evident here, as violence has now begun to be carried in the name of ideals and politics and nothing will get in the way of the orders to kill. Careers, ego’s and livelihoods on the line, common sense and logic cannot exist within the same atmosphere as war.

“An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Ghandi