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The Victoria Cross Wars (Hardback)

Battles, Campaigns and Conflicts of All the VC Heroes

All Frontline Books Military/Maritime/Historical Victoria Crosses

By Brian Best
Frontline Books
Pages: 574
ISBN: 9781473887367
Published: 20th March 2017



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The British Empire at its height stretched around the globe. From Asia to the Americas, scores of countries were conquered or assimilated into the greatest commonwealth of nations in history. Many of these countries were won, and held, at the point of the bayonet, and British soldiers and sailors fought long and hard campaigns in deserts, mountains and jungles to maintain and expand the Empire. Fighting, though, means bloodshed; it also means bravery.

Victoria Crosses were awarded in operations against Persia, Abyssinia and China, in New Zealand, Burma and Sudan, in the Perak War, the Andaman Islands Expedition and the Mashona Rebellion to name but a few of the forty-four different campaigns of the colonial era.

The Victoria Cross Wars explains Britains involvement in these little-known and forgotten campaigns and details the battles and engagements that resulted in the granting of the most highly regarded award for valour in the face of the enemy. The greater conflicts of the twentieth century receive due treatment as do more recent operations in the troubled parts of the world.

A total of 1,358 VCs have been awarded since the cross of valour was first instituted in 1855, the latest of which was announced in February 2015. The stories behind the awarding of these medals have been repeated in countless anthologies but The Victoria Cross Wars explains not just what the men did, but why they were there and what they were fighting for.

Quite an absorbing read

Medal News, August 2017

Looking at things from a new angle, the author is to be congratulated on tackling more than 50 campaigns in chronological order, thus creating an important addition to the canon of the Victoria Cross which will be welcomed by all military historians.

This England, Autumn 2017

A magnificent work. Key documentation on which to deepen and a very useful guide to control the military actions of the British Empire in time and form.

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José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

A fine historical and contextual study of this most important decoration.

Amourer Incorporating Classic Arms and Militaria, July 2017

An interesting insight into some of our VC heroes. The index with names at the back is helpful when looking for specific names.

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GoodReads, Kristin Davison

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Your Family History magazine, May 2017

This is a brilliant book that looks at the Victoria Cross and the people to whom it has been awarded in the various conflicts since its inception.

Books Monthly, May 2017 - reviewed by Paul Norman

There have been other books on VC recipients before, but personally I have found this one of the most interesting ways of looking at them that I can remember reading.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland
 Brian Best

About Brian Best

Brian Best has an honours degree in South African History and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was the founder of the Victoria Cross Society 2002 and edits its Journal. He also lectures about the Victoria Cross and war art. He is married and lives in Rutland.

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