The five-year-old dog nicknamed Leuk la Chance (Lucky Leuk) was killed in a later operation in May 2019. The army dog’s remains were repatriated with the French tricolor across the coffin. Leuk was then given a guard of honor, just like every fallen human soldier in France.
‘Ran through flames’
The four-legged friend received the posthumous medal for bravery from the charity PDSA for an operation in April 2019. Two militants hid in bushes near French troops. “Fun ran straight through the flames while the enemy opened fire on him and his team,” the PDSA said. “He attacked the enemies incessantly, allowing his unit to take them out.”
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Moments later, Leuk made a diversion by attacking an enemy, allowing French commandos to take out four more militants. While looking for explosives, Leuk managed to intercept another armed militant.
Leuks dog handler came into view via a video connection during the presentation. “He not only went into battle but also attacked the enemy for more than five minutes,” said Leuk’s supervisor. “Thanks to him I can speak to you today.”
The PDSA Dickin Medal has been awarded since World War II to animals that show exceptional bravery in war situations. The medal was first awarded in 1943, by PDSA founder Maria Dickin. Dogs, pigeons, horses and a cat, among others, have already received the award.