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Victoria Crosses on the Western Front – Continuation of the German 1918 Offensives (Hardback)

24 March – 24 July 1918

WWI Battlefield Guidebooks 1918 Victoria Crosses Military

By Paul Oldfield
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 775
ISBN: 9781473827103
Published: 5th June 2019


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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 - Continuation of the German 1918 Offensives: 24 March - 24 July 1918 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.

This book endeavours to give the back story to each and every one of the Victoria Cross winners won their accolade. This is book seven of the history of Victoria Cross winners during the First World War. Paul Oldfield through writing these books keeps alive the stories of those brave men who took part in a war that saw human beings developing bigger and better ways of killing each other. These stories of courage and bravery should never be lost.

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"There are some books that truly merit the description ‘majestic’. This is undoubtedly one of them."

Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Society

The Western Front Victoria Crosses are examined in great detail in this superb account of the extraordinary bravery of the men who earned them. Paul Oldfield's book is superb, very readable and a worthy tribute to those brave men who went above and beyond what was expected of them.

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Wargames Illustrated, March 2019

Another stunning piece of research by Paul Oldfield to supplement his previous works on the VC’s of the Great War. Excellent depth of research which is well connected to the circumstances, location and context in which each VC was won. Hugely recommended for anybody wanting to see where these VCs were won. Even cross checked his information on Freemasons with my database and he was not only spot on, but enabled me to correct my information on Oliver Watson. Many thanks Paul, great work again.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

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