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SPECIAL OPERATIONS MWD DEVIL
Born April 14, 2009
Raised and trained by a civilian
breeder until 2010.
Trialled in mid-late 2010 and
posted to the SASR.
Deployed to Afghanistan in
February last year with SOTG
Deployed again to Afghanistan in
February 2012 and was killed in
action on July 2.
New information has revealed Special Operations
Military Working Dogs Quake and Devil were
killed protecting their fellow patrol members.
WITH the return of
the latest Special
Operations Task Group
details have emerged of two Special
Operations Military Working Dogs'
(SOMWD) heroic actions before
they were killed during Special
Forces missions in Afghanistan.
Quake and Devil were Belgian
Shepherds posted to SASR with dis-
tinguished records of service detect-
ing enemy positions and equipment on
operations in Afghanistan.
SOTG personnel credited the dogs
with saving the lives of their handlers
and patrol members with their actions
during countless missions.
Devil was shot by an insurgent
on July 2 during the same mission in
which SASR's Sgt Blaine Diddams
During the mission, Devil provided
early warning of an enemy fighting
A firefight ensued between the
SOTG patrol and the insurgents, dur-
ing which Devil was targeted by an
insurgent at close range and killed
instantly by small-arms fire.
Quake was killed a week earlier
in a similar situation during an SOTG
mission on June 25.
During the mission, he provided
early warning of an enemy sentry posi-
The insurgent engaged Quake at
close range with small-arms fire, kill-
Quake's actions saved the lives of
his handler and the other members of
the patrol who were approaching the
Quake was instrumental in inform-
ing the SOTG patrol of insurgent
actions and also supported SOTG
tactical action with great distinction,
allowing the SOTG patrol to engage
and kill several enemy personnel.
our dogs form
with them so
-- Lt-Col J, CO SOTG
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