Hitler tried to win World War II with army of talking dogs

Updated: May 25, 2011, 11:18 AM IST

London: Hitler believed that animals were almost as intelligent as humans and tried to win World War II with an army of talking dogs.

The German dictator hoped the dogs would learn to communicate with their SS masters and for this purpose a school was set up to train them to talk, read and spell in the belief they could act as concentration camp guards, freeing up more soldiers to fight.

According to a research, the star dog at the school near Hanover, Germany, was an Aire- dale terrier named, Rolf. He tapped out letters of the alphabet with his paws and was said to have speculated about religion and learnt poetry, The Sun reports.

He reportedly asked a visiting noblewoman: “Could you wag your tail?” Another mutt was said to have uttered the words “Mein Fuhrer” when asked who Hitler was - while another imitated a human voice to bark: “Hungry! Give me cakes” in German.

Other experiments saw so-called scientists test telepathic communications between humans and dogs.

The tale of Germany’s educated dogs has now been detailed by Dr Jan Bondeson, a senior lecturer at Cardiff University School of Medicine, in his book “Amazing Dogs: A Cabinet of Canine Curiosities”.

Dr Bondeson said: “It is absolutely extraordinary stuff. There were some very strange experiments going on in wartime Germany regarding dog-human communication.

“It’s a fascinating insight into a hitherto unknown facet of Nazi Germany, but there is no evidence it ever came to fruition.”