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Victoria Crosses of the Zulu and Boer Wars (Hardback)

Boer Wars Victorian Era Victoria Crosses Military 19th Century Anglo-Zulu Wars

By Kevin Brazier
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 150 Mono pics integrated
ISBN: 9781399099134
Published: 7th March 2022

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This complete chronological record of the Victoria Crosses awarded to British and Commonwealth soldiers during the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars is an essential work of reference for everyone with a special interest in these major conflicts in southern Africa fought at the height of the British empire.

The British army was severely tested in its battles against the Zulu kingdom and the Boer states, and the 107 Victoria Crosses that were awarded testify to the intensity of the fighting and the bravery and self-sacrifice of the soldiers concerned. The book celebrates their extraordinary exploits in action at famous locations like Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Ladysmith, Colenso and Mafeking where, under fire, they had to draw on exceptional reserves of courage.

Each entry gives the name and rank of the VC holder and the date and location of the action in which the VC was earned. The episodes themselves are described, in vivid detail. Information is also provided on the subsequent career of the VC recipients, the location of their medals and their place of burial.

This offering from Pen and Sword covering the Victoria Crosses of the Zulu and Boar Wars, is particularly interesting is that one of my Great Grandfather’s was a 14 year old drummer boy in Africa with the British Army during the period of these wars and so gives me some insight of what he faced and saw as a child serving in the British Army. I do have a very vivid memory of his face, but I cannot remember anything of his actions during these times and books such as these really gives you pause for thought as to the conditions people faced back then and how we judge them unfairly against the standards of today.

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Wargaming Illustrated, March 2022

Kevin Brazier is an author with a deep and extensive interests of medals and decorations particularly those of the British forces. His previous works obviously reflect that, with his latest work he has produced a companion to his volume The Complete Victoria Cross. The book lists in chronological order the VCs awarded to British servicemen in their service in Southern Africa.

I very much appreciated the thought and attention to detail that has gone into the work. Yes, it is in essence a list of awards, but in doing so Brazier has done so in a way that leads you through the campaigns and battles that gives you a far more complete view that isolated acts of gallantry. An excellent read.

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ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

This is a very useful reference book that concisely describes the recipients of the VC’s and the context of the award.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About Kevin Brazier

Kevin Brazier has long been intrigued by medals and medal recipients, in particular by the VC, Britain’s highest award for gallantry. His study of the history of the Victoria Cross led to his definitive work The Complete Victoria Cross, and he has also compiled similarly comprehensive books on the George Cross and the Blue Max. This new book on the VCs awarded during the Anglo-Zulu and Boer wars complements his earlier writing on heroism in the British armed forces.

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