No hours wait him, Medal, Badge, or Star, Though scarce could war a kindlier deed unfold; He bears within his breast, more precious far, Beyond the gift of kings, a heart of gold.
These elephants were trained to charge at enemy ranks, scattering them and instilling mass confusion.
During two world wars dogs were given many duties including carrying messages, laying communication wires and helping to locate mines.
...these rats help save the lives of thousands of people.
The dolphin’s highly evolved biosonar makes it the perfect ally to help detect and recover underwater mines.
Often coming under fire and suffering injury, exhaustion or severe weather, pigeons were renowned for their perseverance in delivering their messages, helping to save the lives of many men.
...the idea was to strap incendiary bombs to bats and drop them behind enemy cities.
Recognised as the animals’ Victoria Cross, 64 have been presented, 54 of those between 1943 and 1949.