US Army dog that attacked machine-gun nest in Second World War awarded posthumous medal for bravery

Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, awarded Britain's highest honour for animals for fearless actions on Sicily beach landing in 1943

Tuesday 16 January 2018 07:57
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John Wren from New York - who was four years old when Chips, the family pet dog, returned from the war effort - with Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on Chips' behalf in London
John Wren from New York - who was four years old when Chips, the family pet dog, returned from the war effort - with Military working dog Ayron who received the PDSA Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, on Chips' behalf in London

A US Army dog that attacked a machine-gun nest during the Second World War has been posthumously awarded Britain's highest honour for animal bravery.

Chips, a German shepherd-husky cross, was awarded the Dickin Medal for actions during a 1943 beach landing in Sicily.

According to the soldiers, Chips raced into an Italian machine-gun nest, attacking an enemy soldier and pulling the gun from its mount.

The medal was awarded by veterinary charity PDSA in a ceremony Monday at the Churchill War Rooms in London.

The honour was accepted by 76-year-old John Wren of Long Island, whose father donated Chips to the war effort.

PDSA director-general Jan McLoughlin said Chips could “take his place in the history books as one of the most heroic dogs to serve with the US Army.”

AP

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