As the people around the world today remember the fallen from the two world wars and the too many that have followed, did you know that animals have been used in war for centuries by man but only recently has there been recognition for their bravery and extraordinary commitment to duty in wartime. Since 1943, 60 animals have been awarded The Dickin Medal - the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. pigeons, dogs, horses and one cat - all of which through the course of their duty saved human life and provided vital companionship in times of terrible conflict.
RAVC arms and explosive search dog Sadie, seen here with handler Lance Corporal Yardley was awarded the Dickin Medal in February 2007, for outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty.
Sadie and Lance Corporal Yardley