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Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA.

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20060325

Since 1943, 60 animals have been awarded a medal considered to be the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal. Dylan Winter investigates.

2/5. The Cat among the Pigeons

Alongside the 32 messenger pigeons awarded the Dickin Medal for devotion to duty during wartime, sits just one cat. Simon was the captain's cat on board HMS Amethyst and in 1949, he became caught up in what was to become known as the Yangtze Incident in China.

Dylan finds out how, during the 100 days when the ship was held captive on the Yangtze River, Simon's companionship and rat-catching skills ensured him a place in history and his medal.

20060401

Since 1943, 60 animals have been awarded a medal considered to be the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal. Dylan Winter investigates.

3/5. Man's Best Friend

Twenty-four dogs to date have been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for their bravery and devotion to duty in times of war and recent military conflict. The majority of the dogs received their awards between 1943 and 1949 as a consequence of the Second World War and its aftermath.

Dylan hears the stories of Rob, Beauty, Judy and Gander - just a few of the many courageous canines who proved they were truly 'man's best friend'.

20060408

Since 1943, 60 animals have been awarded a medal considered to be the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal. Dylan Winter investigates.

4/5. Dogged Defence

What does it take to train military dogs, horses and their handlers today? Dylan visits an army base to find out what's involved, and meets the dog that is the most recent Dickin Medal award winner.

20060415

Since 1943, 60 animals have been awarded a medal considered to be the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the PDSA Dickin Medal. Dylan Winter investigates.

5/5. A Brave New World

The majority of the 60 Dickin Medals awarded to date have been to animals which saw active service during the Second World War and its aftermath. A changing world has meant that more recently, animals have received awards for being involved in modern day and very different conflicts.

Dylan hears the stories of the extraordinary devotion to duty displayed by working dogs caught up in the events of 9/11.

20071126

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

1/5. Brave Beginnings

Dylan recalls how the award came into being in 1943 and hears the extraordinary stories of some plucky pigeons from World War II, the first recipients.

20071127

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

2/5. The Cat among the Pigeons

Alongside the 32 messenger pigeons awarded the Dickin Medal sits just one cat. Simon was the captain's cat onboard HMS Amethyst, which was held captive on the Yangtze River for a hundred days in 1949.

20071128

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

3/5. Man's Best Friend

Most of the 24 dogs awarded a Dickin received their awards between 1943 and 1949. Dylan hears the stories of Rob, Beauty, Judy and Gander.

20071129

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

4/5. Dogged Defence

What does it take to train military dogs, horses and their handlers today? Will this year's four-legged recruits be the recipients of Dickin Medals in the future? Dylan visits an army base to find out what is involved.

20071130

Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

5/5. A Brave New World

A changing world has meant that in more recent times animals have received awards for being involved in very different types of conflict. Dylan hears the stories of the extraordinary devotion to duty displayed by working dogs caught up in the events of September 11th.

01Brave Beginnings2004062720060318

Since 1943, sixty animals have been awarded a medal which is considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross - the PDSA Dickin Medal. In the first of a 5-part series, Dylan Winter traces the history of how the award came into being and hears the extraordinary stories from World War II of some plucky pigeons - the first recipients.

02The Cat Among The Pigeons20040704

Alongside the 32 messenger pigeons awarded the Dickin Medal for devotion to duty during wartime sits just one cat. Simon was the captain's cat onboard HMS Amethyst and in 1949 he became caught up in what was to become known as the "Yangtze Incident" in CHINA. Dylan Winter finds out how, during the 100 days when the ship was held captive on the Yangtze River, Simon's companionship and rat-catching skills ensured him a place in history and his medal.

03Man's Best Friend20040711

Twenty four dogs to date have been awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal for their bravery and devotion to duty in times of war and recent military conflict. The majority of the dogs received their awards between 1943 and 1949 as a consequence of World War II and its aftermath. Dylan Winter hears the stories of Rob, Beauty, Judy and Gander - just a few of the many courageous canines who proved they were truly "man's best friend".

04Dogged Defence20040718

5-part series in which Dylan Winter traces the history of the PDSA Dickin Medal, considered to be the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross.

05 LASTA Brave New World20040725

The majority of the 60 Dickin Medals awarded to date have been to animals which saw active service during the Second World War and its aftermath.

A changing world has meant that more recently animals have received awards for being involved in modern day and very different conflicts.

Dylan Winter hears the stories of the extraordinary devotion to duty displayed by working dogs caught up in the events of September 11th.