VCs of the Second World War (Hardback)
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Published for the first time in a single volume, VCs of the Second World War consolidates the accounts of the actions of every recipient. The medal of this ultimate honour is inscribed with the simple words 'For Valour', and this cross of courage was awarded to a total of 180 men - many posthumously. As these stories of bravery unfold, they reveal varied exploits of incredible individual actions. And they frequently form part of larger-scale operations, whether on land, in the air, at sea or under the sea. In so doing, the book becomes a unique chronological cross-section of the crucial British and Commonwealth contribution to the war as a whole.
The largest number of VCs awarded in any conflict was for the First World War - 633 in number. This considerably outnumbered the figure for the Second World War, when there were 182 awards, eighty-seven of which were posthumous.Britain at War - November 2010
Published for the first time in a single volume, VCs of the Second World War consolidates the accounts of the actions of every one of these 182 recipients. As the multitude of accounts of outstanding bravery and gallantry unfold, they reveal varied exploits of individual actions from Norway to the Battle of Britain; North Africa to the Battle of the Atlantic; the Burma campaign; the Mediterranean theatre; the air assault on Germany; from D-day to ultimate victory in Europe and the Far East, the awards of the Victoria Cross span the many 'theatres of the Second World War. In so doing, the book becomes a unique chronological cross-section of the crucial British and Commonwealth contribution to the war as a whole.