Victoria Cross Heroes

Victoria Cross Heroes : Volume 11

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The Victoria Cross is Britain and the Commonwealth's most prestigious gallantry medal for courage in the face of the enemy. It has been bestowed upon 1,355 heroic individuals from all walks of life since its creation during the Crimean War.

Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated with bravery since he was a young boy, now owns 200 VCs, by far the largest collection of its kind in the world. Following on from the bestselling Victoria Cross Heroes, first published in 2006 to mark the 150th anniversary of the award, Victoria Cross Heroes: Volume II gives extraordinary accounts of the bravery behind the newest additions to Lord Ashcroft's VC collection - those decorations purchased in the last decade.

With nearly sixty action-packed stories of courageous soldiers, sailors and airmen from a range of global conflicts including the Indian Mutiny of 1857-58, the Second Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902 and the First and Second World Wars, this book is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and a worthy tribute to the servicemen who earned the Victoria Cross. Their inspirational deeds of valour and self-sacrifice should be championed and never forgotten.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 30mm | 324g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • 16pp mono plates
  • 1785902482
  • 9781785902482

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix
Foreword by Lance-Sergeant Johnson Beharry VC xiii
Author's Royalties xvii
Lord Ashcroft and Bravery xix
Preface xxi
Chapter 1: A Passion for the VC 1
Chapter 2: The Crimean War 21
Chapter 3: The Indian Mutiny and Beyond 57
Chapter 4: The Second Anglo-Boer War and Beyond 107
Chapter 5: The First World War and Beyond: Army VCs 133
Chapter 6: The First World War: Naval and Air VCs 255
Chapter 7: The Second World War 305
Select Bibliography 359
Picture Credits 365
Index 367
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About Michael Ashcroft

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC is an international businessman, author and philanthropist. He was deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and founder and chairman of the board of trustees of Crimestoppers. He is a trustee of Imperial War Museums, chairman of the trustees of Ashcroft Technology Academy and Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.
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