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The Animal Victoria Cross (Hardback)

The Dickin Medal

Reference Victoria Crosses Animals

By Peter Hawthorne
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781781590423
Published: 20th August 2012
Last Released: 28th February 2014



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To date, a select sixty-three animals have won the Dickin Medal, the highest award for animal bravery. For the first time in one book, The Animal Victoria Cross – The Dickin Medal contains all of their inspiring stories.

Four types of animal, namely dogs, horses, pigeons and a cat, have been honoured. Simon, the feline, is credited with saving an entire ship's crew. Canine breeds include Alsatians, Terriers, Collies and Spaniels. In addition to British animals, there are American, Canadian, Australian and Egyptian winners of this unique award.

The majority of Dickin Medal awards, administered by the world renowned PDSA charity, have resulted from wartime service
and the conflicts include the Second World War, the Korean War and recent and current campaigns in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. Other instances include the Blitz and the 9.11 attack on the Twin Towers when a dog called Rip saved many lives. This delightful book with its inspiring tales of courage and combat will be treasured by animal lovers everywhere. It is ideal to 'dip' into or read from cover to cover.

As seen in the Bridgnorth Journal.

This book will be treasured by animal lovers everywhere. It's ideal to dip into, perhaps with a familiar furry friend at your feet...

Julian Stockwin

This book is a real must read for horse lovers; I really enjoyed it and would recommend it. I loved all of the stories about the amazing things that animals have done and I think that it is really nice that someone has taken the time to put all of them in a book.

Central Horse News

A wonderful story.

The Bulletin

The Dickin Medal is awarded to animals who display outstanding loyalty, bravery and courage. Read all of their inspiring stories, including Simon, the cat credited with saving an entire ship's crew!

Your Cat Magazine

These touching and inspiring exploits, from the Blitz to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, comprise a delightful collection of vignettes telling a little-known story of animal devotion and heroism.

Military History Monthly

A new book charting the bravery of animals in history has told the full story of Rifleman Khan, as the dog so fondly became known, for the first time.

Surrey Comet

A new book has just been published that outlines the heroic actions of an Exeter pigeon.

Express and Echo (Exeter)

The daring exploits of a heroic dog from Shropshire who was parachuted behind enemy lines on vital SAS missions feature in a new book which has just been published.

Shropshire Star

About Peter Hawthorne

Peter Hawthorne is Head of History and Lecturer in Law at Stafford College. He lives near Telford, Shropshire

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