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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_pigs

according to wikipedia, pigs were put on fire and used in battles to counter war elephants. Did anyone else know this?? Thoughts??

I mean, it's obvious the sabbath song is about the vietnam war, but I had no idea that actual pigs were used in battles

EDIT: just noticed some key words such as "speculated" and "allegedly" haha
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yea it was also know as the Bacon Battalion
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"covered with tar, pitch, olive oil, or other flammable materials"

olive oil is flammable?
#12
I guess so...

and here's an article about "anti-tank dogs"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-tank_dogs

by the way, any fans of the song war pigs, check out this demo version that sabbath made called "walpurgis". The lyrics are much more about witchcraft and a lot darker/more morbid...

http://letras.cifras.com.br/black-sabbath/war-pigs-(walpurgis-lyrics)
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they also catapulted dead carcasses of horses and miscellania during castle sieges.

/straightoutofametalsong
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"covered with tar, pitch, olive oil, or other flammable materials"

olive oil is flammable?


I'm afraid I don't recall those lyrics.
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yea it was also know as the Bacon Battalion

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Interesting question...
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On the computer game Rome:Total War, you can recruit units of war pigs... They're effective against elephants and infantry but once they're set on fire, they can be a bit erratic and sometimes run into your own troops or their handlers... Just a warning. /geek
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Well, DUUUUUUUUH, what did you think the song was, like, ABOUT, man?

Pssssshhhh.

Weren't there war pigs in Rome: TW though? They were on fire and shit. Totally awesome, I thought.
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Weren't there war pigs in Rome: TW though? They were on fire and shit. Totally awesome, I thought.



Yeah, the Romans really used them against elephants.

Although in RTW, didn't the elephants stop dead against any phalanx of three or more men?
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yea i think i played some pc game with those, i thought they were awesome
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@ bacon battalion

I knew this already, cuz my friend is a really annoying prick who keeps telling me Roman Total War is "liek, teh best g4m3 3var olol".
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In the field the bodies burning...

@ bacon battalion

I knew this already, cuz my friend is a really annoying prick who keeps telling me Roman Total War is "liek, teh best g4m3 3var olol".



It was until Medieval II: Total War... but soon there's gonna be a Total War: Empires about the 18th/19th centuries... My closet geekness does nothing for my rock n' roll persona
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He refuses to believe that any game could come close to being as good as RTW.

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