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1. Bravest of the Brave: The Story
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2. Supreme Courage: Heroic Stories
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3. Awarded for Valour: A History
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4. COMPLETE VICTORIA CROSS, THE:
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5. Victoria Cross Heroes
6. Forgotten Voices of the Victoria
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7. The Victoria Cross (Shire Library)
8. The Whale of the Victoria Cross
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9. Valour Reconsidered: Inquiries
 
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10. In the Face of the Enemy: The
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11. A Girl of the Klondike
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12. Extraordinary Heroes: The Amazing
 
13. Our bravest and our best: The
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14. The Book of the V.C.: A Record
 
15. For Valour: Victoria Cross - Courage
16. Stories of the Victoria Cross
 
17. Magennis Vc: The Story of Northern
 
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18. The End of April: A Victoria Cross
 
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19. Crosswords: The 2nd Victoria Cross
 
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20. Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer

1. Bravest of the Brave: The Story of the Victoria Cross
by John Glanfield
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2005-12-01)
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The year 2006 marks the 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross, the pre-eminent British award for gallantry—and arguably the best-known worldwide. In this book John Glanfield concentrates on the story behind the VC’s origins and relates the often extraordinary record of official interference in the award of this prestigious decoration throughout its history. Illustrated with personal accounts, colorful anecdotes, and tales of the later fortunes of those who survived, the narrative includes many examples of the holders and their deeds, briefly outlining the wider engagement in which each took place, from the Crimean War to the Falklands War. ... Read more


2. Supreme Courage: Heroic Stories from 150 Years of the Victoria Cross
by General Sir Peter de la Billiere
Paperback: 400 Pages (2005-09-01)
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Asin: 0349118981
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Since 1854 the Victoria Cross has been the highest award for gallantry in the British Armed Forces. Supreme Courage tells the tales of some of those who have won the medal, bringing this badge of honor alive with breathtaking accounts of courage in action. Visiting battle-scenes across the globe, peppering his accounts with letters and first-hand accounts, Sir Peter de la Billiere uncovers not just heroism, but the hearts and minds of men.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Reads well, Good collection of Stories of VC winners, Including Guy Gibson, David Wanklyn, Albert Ball, and others. Nice coverage, doesn't gloss over some of the less savory aspects of some of the hero's lives, or the politics or Bravery. ... Read more


3. Awarded for Valour: A History of the Victoria Cross and the Evolution of the British Concept of Heroism (Studies in Military and Strategic History)
by Melvin Charles Smith
Hardcover: 288 Pages (2008-07-15)
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Asin: 0230547052
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Based on primary source research, Awarded for Valour is the most comprehensive history of the Victoria Cross available, tracing the evolution of the award from its inception in 1856 to the most recent bestowals in the twenty-first century. The study examines the evolution of the concept of heroism as well, analyzing the nature of the acts that won the VC and how the definition of heroism changed along with the nature of warfare.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Scholarship
This is the most thoughtful and well-researched monograph on the topic of the Victoria Cross that I have encountered.It fully explores the reasons for the creation of the award and then traces the shifts in criteria for awarding the medal from its inception to the present day.It analyses the reasons for awarding the VC at various points in history and critiques the various military branches' awards bureaus for their viewpoints and motives.The author has filled a significant gap in British military scholarship.Well done.

1-0 out of 5 stars Lacks Respect
I have 2 major problems with this book.

1) It is primarily a collection of excerpts from VC citations cobbled together.The author's primary contribution is a series statistics outlining the percentage of officer vs. enlisted awardees.

2) There is a subtle contempt which permeates the whole work.The author constantly second-guesses the men he discusses. Phrases like "he would have been better off helping the wounded" indicate not only the author's lack of respect for them, but a kind of academic hubris.

Do not buy this book.




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4. COMPLETE VICTORIA CROSS, THE: A Full Chronological Record of All Holders of Britain's Highest Award for Gallantry
by Kevin Brazier
Hardcover: 320 Pages (2010-06)
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Asin: 1848841507
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This complete chronological record of VC holders is an essential work of reference for every student of military history. All the British and Commonwealth servicemen who have been awarded the highest honor for exceptional acts of bravery and self-sacrifice are commemorated here. The first VCs awarded for the Crimean War and in the nineteenth-century colonial wars are described, as are the VCs awarded in the World Wars of the twentieth century and the most recent VCs awarded during present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The extraordinary exploits recounted in this fascinating book make unforgettable reading.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. Some information is also provided on the subsequent career of the VC recipients, the location of their medals and their place of burial.This remarkable reference book should appeal to anyone who is interested in British military history and in the history of medals, and in tales of the extraordinary heroism exhibited by men under fire. ... Read more

5. Victoria Cross Heroes
by Michael A. Ashcroft
Paperback: 416 Pages (2007-05-03)
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Asin: 0755316339
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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VICTORIA CROSS HEROES tells the stories of over 150 individuals whose bravery has earned them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action. The book is introduced by Michael Ashcroft, who owns over ten per cent of all VCs ever awarded. He explains the history of the medal and the story of his fascination with it. The main text of the book tells the stories of both those recipients whose medals are in his collection and those whose stories featured in the television series. Each chapter covers a different conflict, from the Crimean War to Iraq. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good
This book is a collection of biographies of men who have won the Victoria Cross; the United Kingdom's (and the Commonwealth's) highest award for military valour.

Some of the entries run to several pages, whilst others are a mere couple of paragraphs.Ashcroft explains this is due to some of the winners of the VC only came to public attention due to their one instance of valour and then shunned all further public limelight; whereas others pursued a career in public office or were already well known by virtue of who their parents were (as one example) and their history was that much fuller and easier to compile.

Included is a short chapter which details Lord Ashcroft's passion for the VC, where it began and how it blossomed into the collection that his trust has today.Also included is a short history of the medal and its evolution to the medal that we have today.

I felt incredibly humbled as I read this book; reading of the stories of these incredibly brave (and in many cases very young) men, many who gave their lives in pursuit of their beliefs or duty.

If you have a passing interest in the Victoria Cross or wish to be reminded of the spirit of man and how selfless a person can be then I would recommend that you read Victoria Cross Heroes.

Lord Michael Ashcroft needs to take bow for the work he has done in preserving this small piece of VC history.

Enjoy.
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6. Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross
by Roderick Bailey
Hardcover: 400 Pages (2011-05-24)

Isbn: 0091938163
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The Victoria Cross is one of the world's most famous medals. It was introduced by Queen Victoria in 1856 for 'most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy', and has been awarded only 1,358 times. Exploring the actions and events that lead to the VC being awarded, "Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross" is full of heroic tales, drama and action from the last century. Some testimonies come from soldiers, sailors and airmen who were awarded the VC; others come from those who witnessed extraordinary acts for which the medal was won. Collected from the Imperial War Museum's Sound Archives, most of the first-hand accounts in this book are published for the very first time. "Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross" explores the very nature of bravery by those whose job it was to be brave. It is a landmark addition to the "Forgotten Voices" series. ... Read more


7. The Victoria Cross (Shire Library)
by Peter Duckers
Paperback: 72 Pages (2008-03-04)
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Asin: 0747806357
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Victoria Cross, established in 1856 during the Crimean War, has remained to this day the highest British reward 'for valour' and is perhaps the most prestigious gallantry medal in the world. The VC has been earned in every theatre of war where British and Commonwealth soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians have served. In this book the author describes and illustrates many of the medals and the men and women who have been awarded them together with the award citations which are always remarkable and sometimes astounding. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Victoria Cross
This is a very informative and user-friendly book.It gives a brief history of the Victoria Cross from it's inception, to the present day; in addition this book has many medal arrays and descriptions of the campaign and service awards, as well. ... Read more


8. The Whale of the Victoria Cross
by Pierre Boulle
Hardcover: 182 Pages (1983-11)
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Isbn: 081490873X
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3-0 out of 5 stars A Fable about War and Nature
During the Falklands Islands War in 1982 Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, warned the British Navy that whales often looked like submarines on radar. Pierre Boulle took this comment and created an imaginative story. Sonar affects whales like an electric shock, they immediately flee in panic (Chapter 5). Would they beach themselves? There is a description how killer whales will attack and devour great blue whales. To "save the whales" you must destroy the orcas. One of the destroyers gets a signal from radar. It turns out to be a great marine mammal. Actually it was two whales, a male and a female, swimming so close as to be of one flesh. They were attacked by a pack of killer whales (orcas). The LCDR of the destroyer ordered his guns to fire on the orcas, saving the remaining female. But the Admiral of the fleet became upset. Should he take disciplinary action? They decide on a cover-up, a story that sounds plausible. [Is this an example of "saving face"?]

The blue whale cow swam alongside the destroyer that saved her life. The sailors considered her a mascot. Whales are attacked by all sorts of parasites. They came up with a plan to remove them. Later the whale repays them by locating a hidden danger. The men at sea in ships write home about this whale. A surprise attack by Argentine planes led to the destruction of one transport ship. One of those in the sea was the whaler, his efforts called forth the blue whale in a rescue attempt. Will more be rescued by this cetacean? [There were old legends about dolphins aiding humans at sea, such as in Pliny the Elder's "Natural History".] The Admiral plans to give a citation to this whale. Then the blue whale gives another example of its devotion to the sailors. What is the moral to this fable?

The original title "La Baleine des Malouines" translates as the whale of the Falklands. This title seems designed to be sensational. Note those are forty millimeter antiaircraft guns (Chapter 9). The translation should be "animal-eating plants" (Part 2, Chapter 8).

5-0 out of 5 stars A selfless cetacean raises issues of our own humanity
It is quite unfortunate that only two books by Pierre Boulle are generally available in the U.S.: Bridge on the River Kwai and Planet of the Apes. However, The Whale of The Victoria Cross shows how wonderfully fertile a writer's imagination can be.Boulle gives us a most unusual premise involving a naval battle and the critical involvement and influence of marine mammals. I also recommend Ears of the Jungle by the same author -- a Vietnam War story told from the main character's perspective, who just happens to be a high level North Vietnamese strategist. Fabulous! ... Read more


9. Valour Reconsidered: Inquiries into the Victoria Cross and Other Awards for Extreme Bravery
by Hugh A. Halliday
Paperback: 256 Pages (2010-01-01)
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Asin: 1896941478
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The Victoria Cross is the most famous decoration for bravery in the world, its prestige rivaled only by the Medal of Honor. Other awards recognize courage displayed in very dangerous (but not combat) circumstances, among them the George Cross and Canada's Cross of Valour. But how is bravery measured? Is valor "in the presence of the enemy" more deserving than valor away from combat? Do all brave persons receive the honors they deserve? Where does "duty" end and "above the call of duty" begin? Has courage sometimes been confused with recklessness?Drawing on Canadian, American, Australian and British examples, this book examines an array of recommendations for VCs and similar awards, asking why some were approved and some not.It explores factors such as service politics, changing regulations, evolving perceptions of what constitutes "extreme danger" and the role of "public relations" and civilian morale. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Examination of a Legendary Medal for Bravery!
England's Victoria Cross is arguably the world's most famous decoration for valor. The exploits that resulted in the awarding of a Victoria Cross are the stuff of legend. Equally impressive are the myths, legends and controversies that have swirled around the Victoria Cross over the years. Prolific Canadian author Hugh Halliday examines the checkered history of VC recommendations/awards in this wonderfully-researched and insightful 2006 release from Robin Brass Studio.

Instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856, the Victoria Cross was to be awarded for valor "in the face of the enemy." It was notable in that it was open to all ranks from private to general and was in one grade only. Some 1,356 VCs have been awarded since 1856 for acts of the "most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy."

Those phrases seemingly lay down basic guidelines for awarding the medal. Yet, as documented in Halliday's book, defining a 'VC standard' has rarely been that cut-and-dried. If anything, inconsistency runs throughout the history of the Victoria Cross. Criteria have been changed, abolished, re-instituted, etc. VC standards have differed from service to service. Politics has reared its ugly head as regards several VC recommendations/awards. Then too, the decorations boards responsible for awarding decorations have often wrestled with hard questions of whether a particular action was worthy of a VC. Was it duty or valor? Calculated courage or indefensible rashness? As a result, over the years boards have sometimes awarded a VC to one individual, awarded a lower decoration to another soldier performing a similar feat of bravery and gave absolutely no award or acknowledgement to a third individual whose combat exploits mirrored those of the first two.

Halliday examines numerous recommendations for the VC, George Cross and related awards, some of which succeeded and some of which did not. Famous names like Billy Bishop, David Hornell, Hammy Gray and John Hannah run throughout the book along with dozens of soldiers/sailors/airmen who didn't make the cut. Halliday's explorations into the award process make for fascinating reading. Likewise, Halliday discusses various attempts by individuals/family members/etc. to obtain VCs years after the event in attempts to rewrite history. Readers may not agree with some of Halliday's conclusions but his research is impeccable.

In short, VALOUR RECONSIDERED is an illuminating and entertaining examination of bravery, how it's measured and how it's rewarded. Halliday's book is easily one of the most fascinating military titles I have read and comes highly recommended. ... Read more


10. In the Face of the Enemy: The Complete History of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand
by Glyn Harper
 Paperback: 272 Pages (2006-01)
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The highest Commonwealth military decoration for gallantry is the Victoria Cross, and this book examines the history of the award, telling the stories of those New Zealanders (to those with strong New Zealand associations) who have won it. This includes awards made to British soldiers serving in New Zealand during the New Zealand Wars, the Boer War and the First and Second World Wars. (No New Zealander has ever been awarded a VC since 1943.) Also covered are some of the controversies and political machinations surrounding those whose nominations have been declined, Manahi, Stott, Simpson and Malone. An extraordinary collection of individuals and their courageous exploits is the outstanding result. Informative, exciting and provocative, "In the Face of the Enemy" is a riveting and valuable addition to our military list, by two highly respected military historians. Each story is powerful and unique, and provides fascinating insight into the battles that have made our nation and forged our history. ... Read more


11. A Girl of the Klondike
by Victoria Cross
Paperback: 96 Pages (2010-07-06)
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A Girl of the Klondike is presented here in a high quality paperback edition. This popular classic work by Victoria Cross is in the English language. If you enjoy the works of Victoria Cross then we highly recommend this publication for your book collection. ... Read more


12. Extraordinary Heroes: The Amazing Stories of the George and Victoria Cross Recipients (General Military)
by Ruth Shepphard, The Imperial War Museum
Paperback: 120 Pages (2010-11-23)
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Asin: 1849083894
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The Victoria and George Crosses are the highest military and civil decorations of the United Kingdom, awarded for gallantry. The Victoria Cross, introduced in 1856, is awarded to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries for valour in the face of the enemy, while the George Cross was introduced during World War II so that civilians could also be awarded for acts of heroism, or conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. There have been 1,356 Victoria Crosses awarded, and there have been 404 recipients of the George Cross since 1940.

The Imperial War Museum is opening the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in November 2010 to showcase not only their large collection of Victoria and George crosses, but also Lord Ashcroft's collection, which he has loaned to the Museum for 10 years. The gallery will therefore contain the largest collection of VCs and GCs in the world. The museum envisages around 150,000 visitors a year.

This fully illustrated book contains the stories of over 80 recipients: a mixture of individuals - including men, women and children from different countries - who performed their acts of heroism across the last century and a half. ... Read more


13. Our bravest and our best: The stories of Canada's Victoria Cross winners
by William Arthur Bishop
 Hardcover: 211 Pages (1995)

Isbn: 0075526190
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14. The Book of the V.C.: A Record of the Deeds of Heroism for Which the Victoria Cross Has Been Bestowed, from Its Institution in 1857 to the Present Time
by Arthur Lincoln Haydon
Paperback: 336 Pages (2010-04-02)
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Asin: 1148380965
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This is an EXACT reproduction of a book published before 1923. This IS NOT an OCR'd book with strange characters, introduced typographical errors, and jumbled words.This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide. We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process, and hope you enjoy this valuable book. ... Read more


15. For Valour: Victoria Cross - Courage in Action
by John Percival
 Paperback: 272 Pages (1986-07-10)

Isbn: 0423017004
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16. Stories of the Victoria Cross
by Frank Mundell
Hardcover: Pages (1000-01-01)

Asin: B003UGBYWE
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17. Magennis Vc: The Story of Northern Ireland's Only Winner of the Victoria Cross
by George Fleming
 Hardcover: 224 Pages (1998-11)

Isbn: 095330180X
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18. The End of April: A Victoria Cross Mystery
by Penny Sumner
 Paperback: 240 Pages (1992-05)
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Asin: 1562800078
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19. Crosswords: The 2nd Victoria Cross Mystery (Victoria Cross Mystery, No 2)
by Penny Sumner
 Paperback: 241 Pages (1994-06)
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Asin: 1562800647
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20. Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War
by Ian Uys
 Paperback: 140 Pages (2000-08-30)
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Asin: 0620254475
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