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British Military Medals: A Guide for the Collector and Family Historian Paperback – 19 Nov 2009


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (19 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844159604
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844159604
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 688,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I am no stranger to the subject of British medals. Not only do I have several of my own from a former career in uniform, I have studied the subject and I also occasionally write for television on military matters. Consequently, I am continually, frustrated by the basic errors seen on both the small and large screens. How many films depicting events "during" WW2, for example, show British personnel wearing medals struck to commemorate victory over Axis forces when the medals were struck after the war was over. Similarly, on British television, in the very first episode of the final series of the popular "Soldier Soldier" the Commanding Officer was talking of his men "fighting and dying in the Falklands" and yet he was not even wearing the medal for that particular campaign!

My other pet hate is the increased use of the word "military" to encompass all armed forces - including Naval and Air Forces, when the word actually refers to ground troops - i.e. soldiers. Within British awards, there is the Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and Military Cross available separately to each of our different services although members of the Royal Marines, which are part of the Royal Navy, will be considered for the MC simply because their fighting role is similar to that of the army.

Whilst I am, therefore, disappointed with the title of this book, I am also confused by a significant amount of the content - such as the inclusion of certain civilian awards - WRVS (Women's Royal Voluntary Service), civil service, colonial police, prison service and others which are certainly not armed fighting units.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. William J. G. Spencer on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
This new work has used information from a number of published sources. Many of the sources used can be found in the bibliography and yet they are not the most recent editions. I know books take time to be produced but some of the works the author has used, have been revised and available for over 12 months!

It is a pity the author did not check the references from the works he consulted as he has reproduced a number of errors and cited information that is now known to be out of date.

There are other works available that are cheaper and better.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By RWP-Notts on 16 Nov. 2010
Format: Paperback
A comprehensive, easy to read guide to a complex subject.
Purchased to help with identifying the medals issued to family ancestors and the history as to when and why they were won.
My only complaint is the small number of colour pictures; somehow a black and white image does not make the medal so easily recognisable. Official descriptions are precise but do not lend themselves to accurate images in the mind's eye - the language of colours moves with the times.
I would happily have paid more for colour pictures throughout ...even artist's colour impressions would have improved this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Taylor on 29 Dec. 2009
Format: Paperback
A very detailed introduction to the history and development of Briish campaign and other medals and awards. The work also offers advice on how to research medals people might have "in the family" and the men/wmoen who won them. There is a great deal squeezed into one volume and the publisher's price is possibly rather high, but this is a very useful introductory book with information/sources linked together in ways which other books do not do.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandy on 6 Feb. 2013
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Goes into maybe too much depth for what I need it for, but will not fault book in any way
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