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"The Victoria Cross, a simple bronze cross inscribed For Valour on the front and engraved with the recipient's name, rank, number, unit and the date of the action on the reverse, was first awarded by Queen Victoria - in a ceremony in Hyde Park - in 1857, to heroes of the Crimea. The VC is the most prized British and Commonwealth decoration for gallantry, and is earned too often at the cost of the ultimate sacrifice. Only 1,354 VCs have been awarded, and this book, in Bryan Perrett's inimitable style, tells the story behind some of the most remarkable, from the Crimea through to the Second World War. Likewise, the Congressional Medal of Honor, the US equivalent decoration, is celebrated here in equal measure in his gripping episodes of outstanding gallantry in battle."
"FIVE STARS!!! Military historian Bryan Perrett offers a dual history of America and Great Britain's top medals for bravery in this fascinating book. He examines various battles beginning with the Crimean War and concluding with the end of World War II. Perrett sets the stage for each battle - Balaklava, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, Mons, Jutland, Iwo Jima etc - and then describes the VC/MOH actions against this backdrop. He also supplies information on what happened to each winner after their "moment of glory" including post-war careers; an interesting touch. Given the number of VC/MOH winners and the lack of coverage for post-1945 winners, Perrett's book does a marvelous job of describing the feats of valor performed by some incredibly brave men."
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378 pages + photographs.
Very good condition.
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