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VCs of the Second World War (Kindle)

WWII D-Day & Normandy Victoria Crosses

By John Frayn Turner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 1.5 MB (.mobi)
ISBN: 9781783034277
eBook Released: 1st August 2007

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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.
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.

Britain at War - November 2010

About John Frayn Turner

John was the highly respected author of thirty non-fiction books – mainly militaria and biography associated with World War 2. We are proud to have sixteen of his fine works in print including all the titles mentioned below.


Although born in Portsmouth with a Naval family background, he became closely connected with aviation and the Royal Air Force. During the Second World War, John worked at HMS Vernon on magnetic and acoustic mine trials before being conscripted from 1946 to 1948. Shunning a career in accountancy, he went into publishing culminating as editor of House Beautiful magazine. In the 1960’s John joined the Air Ministry and was responsible for RAF publicity and recruiting literature. He made numerous test flights, flew at twice the speed of sound and accompanied the Red Arrows. He later became managing editor of five London-based arts magazines. He wrote countless theatre and film reviews.


In 1968, already a well-respected author, John met the legendary Douglas Bader. The two men worked closely on Fight For The Sky and The Bader Wing. Bader wrote the Introduction to John’s classic British Aircraft of World War 2.

Our list also includes acclaimed epics like Invasion ’44, arguably the first full account of D-Day, Fight for the Sea, The Battle of Britain and the definitive VCs of the Second World War and The Awards of the George Cross. He also wrote The Life and Selected Works of Rupert Brooke.


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