A teenage army medic has become the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross, one of the highest honours for gallantry in combat. Private Michelle Norris, 19, braved a hail of sniper and machine-gun fire from 200 insurgents during a pitched battle in southern Iraq in order to give lifesaving treatment to a wounded comrade.
A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb has been awarded the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross after serving in more than 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, served in the US Marine Corps for six years, protecting the lives of troops by sniffing out munitions.
A U.S. Army medic of the C Company 3/82 Dustoff medevac checks an injured Afghan National Army soldier suffering from a gunshot wound, as he is transported in by helicopter in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan, May 16, 2012. (Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)