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Description - The Victoria Cross in 100 Objects: The Story of the Britain's Highest Award For Valour by Best, Brian

It was the events of the Crimean War that changed everything. Until that time, those serving in Britain's army or navy had been expected to do their duty without thought of recognition or reward, particularly the men in the lower ranks. Fuelled by reports from the first ever war correspondents, which were read by an increasingly literate public, the mumblings of discontent over how the gallantry and valour of the ordinary man was recognised rapidly grew into a national outcry. Questions were asked in Parliament, answers were demanded by the press - why were the heroes of the Alma, Inkerman and the Charge of the Light Brigade not being officially acknowledged? Something had to be done. That something was the introduction of an award that would be of such prestige it would be sought by all men from the most junior private to a Field Marshal. It would be the highest possible award for valour in the face of the enemy and it bore the name of the Queen for whom the men fought - The Victoria Cross. AUTHOR: Brian Best has an Honours Degree in South African History and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He was the founder of the Victoria Cross Society in 2002 and edits its Journal. He also lectures about the Victoria Cross and war art. 100 colour images

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781526730763
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 172mm x mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Frontline Books
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2019
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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