(Yahoo!News) For most of history, animals were often the forgotten heroes of war.

But, since 1943, courageous creatures, which have over the years saved the lives of thousands of men, have had their gallantry recognized with the Dickin Medal.

The honor, introduced by the British veterinary charity PDSA, has also been nicknamed the animal Victoria Cross.

Meet the “Dogs of War” that did their part to win the war on fascism.

Since its inception it has been awarded to 63 animals – 27 dogs, 32 birds, three horses and one cat.

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