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Victoria Crosses on the Western Front – Battles of the Scarpe 1918 and Drocourt-Quéant Line (Paperback)

26 August - 2 September 1918

WWI Photographic Books 1918 Victoria Crosses Military

By Paul Oldfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 376
ISBN: 9781526788030
Published: 11th August 2021



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In the past, while visiting the First World War battlefields, the author often wondered where the various Victoria Cross actions took place. He resolved to find out. In 1988, in the midst of his army career, research for this book commenced and over the years numerous sources have been consulted.

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front: Battles of the Scarpe & Drocourt- Quéant Line, is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the armchair reader. A thorough account of each VC action is set within the wider strategic and tactical context. Detailed sketch maps show the area today, together with the battle-lines and movements of the combatants. It will allow visitors to stand upon the spot, or very close to, where each VC was won. Photographs of the battle sites richly illustrate the accounts. There is also a comprehensive biography for each recipient, covering every aspect of their lives warts and all: parents and siblings, education, civilian employment, military career, wife and children, death and burial/commemoration. A host of other information, much of it published for the first time, reveals some fascinating characters, with numerous links to many famous people and events.

A fascinating account of these two specific battles during the last year of the Great War...

Books Monthly

This is a good book based on meticulous research and a decent style of writing.

ARRSE (Army Rumour Service)

5 stars: Ultimate courage documented
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About Paul Oldfield

Paul Oldfield was born in Sheffield and was educated at Victoria College in Jersey. After serving in the Army for thirty-six years, he became a freelance battlefield guide (he is a badged member of the Guild of Battlefield Guides) and a historian. In 1988, he co-authored Sheffield City Battalion in the Pals series. Cockleshell Raid and Bruneval in Pen & Sword's Battleground Europe series were published in 2013.This is the ninth book in his Victoria Crosses on the Western Front series.

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