Victoria Crosses of the Zulu and Boer Wars (Kindle)
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.
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.ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)
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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This is a very useful reference book that concisely describes the recipients of the VC’s and the context of the award.Michael McCarthy
Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide