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Forgotten Voices of the Victoria Cross

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  28 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
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 V
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Ebury Press (first published September 17th 2010)
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Matthew
Oct 19, 2016 Matthew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not sure this is a book to be read cover to cover, I think if you just dipped in and out you might get more out of it. I found all the stories blurred together apart from the odd stand out tale. The way the stories are presented, with the initial write-up and then the witness evidence is very dry as well. In fact it was only the last section of 'Reflections' which actually put any meat on the bones of emotion and feeling. Not a book I'd recommend to others, however worthy.
Fraser
Apr 12, 2013 Fraser rated it it was amazing
The book is presented as excerpts with testimonials to the bravery of those awarded the highest military award through analysing the archives of the Imperial War Museum.

Starting with WW1 and ending in Korea, it is something you can dip into or just read through. There are short linking narratives to explain the backdrop and context, but the various testimonials included say it all, written by fellow soldiers and observers, this makes the work all the more powerful to read.

Highly recommended.
Matt
Jun 27, 2015 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed with this book as it's not up to its usual "forgotten voices" standards they've missed out loads of recipients some very notable ones who have won it twice! Not what I expected and for people interested in the subject matter there are better books out there on VC Heroes!
Having said that I cannot take away the bravery displayed by the recipients of this award just wish the book covered all recipients!
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Jul 10, 2014 Amy rated it it was amazing
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Excellent. Very interesting read. A fantastic example of courage spanning 100 years. Very well written. A superb testament to these very brave men.
Robert
Aug 23, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing stories about amazing men. Just dropped star as bit repetitive especially First World War .
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