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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. In particular, the author's research casts new light on the mythical origins of the metal used in the production of the Victoria Cross. Illustrated with personal accounts, colourful 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 current involvement in Iraq.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750936958
ISBN-10: 0750936959
Format: Hardback
(198mm x 127mm x 10mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Dec-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - John Glanfield

JOHN GLANFIELD spent forty years in the exhibition industry and was associated with Earls Court and Olympia for fifteen of them, latterly as halls director. He is the author of The Devil's Chariots (Sutton, 2001) an acclaimed history of the early tanks, and Earls Court and Olympia: From Buffalo Bill to the 'Brits' (Sutton, 2003). He lives in Guildford.

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Devil's Chariots by John Glanfield

The Devil's Chariots

Paperback, August 2006