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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091938171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091938178
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Roderick Bailey is a historian of the Second World War and a specialist in the study of Britain's Special Operations Executive. His books include the acclaimed official history of SOE's war on Fascist Italy, 'Target: Italy - The Secret War Against Mussolini,' and, based on his PhD, 'The Wildest Province,' about SOE operations in the Balkans. A graduate of Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities, he is a former Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford, and has also served in Afghanistan with the British Army. He is currently a Wellcome Trust research fellow in the history of medicine at Oxford University.

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"This profound study by Roderick Bailey goes a long way to identifying the common characteristics of the bravest of the brave ... Here is a testament to what is good about humankind against the backdrop of what can be the worst. The abiding thought with which the reader is left is one of hope; that adversity can indeed bring out the best in us. These "Forgotten Voices" are eloquent in proclaiming this enduring truth" (General Sir Richard Dannatt, from the Introduction)

"A significant and important book ... Over the last 45 years I have read hundreds of VC books but this volume has a unique place because of the "voices" of the VCs themselves ... Highly recommended and should be read by anyone with an interest in the VC" (Victoria Cross Society)

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Extraordinary accounts of heroism and the servicemen who earned the Victoria Cross

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2013
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I enjoy military history and, like so many similar-minded people, enjoy reading about heroism in all its forms. The Victoria Cross is possibly the most famous of all medals for valour and takes precedence over all other British honours and awards to the extent that the post-nominal letters ‘VC’ would appear before even the highest orders of Knighthood. Formally established in January 1856, the first medal was actually awarded for an action in 1854. The most recent award (to date) being in 2013. Altogether, 1,354 people have been awarded the VC with three having earned the medal twice. Eight recipients, however, later forfeited their medal after being convicted of various crimes. Nevertheless, each of those 1,357 instances of individual heroism has all the ingredients for an engrossing story in its own right.

This is a work of collusion between the author and the Imperial War Museum (IWM) which seeks to create a different emphasis from anything which may have gone before. This is achieved by reproducing the personal accounts of a select number of VC recipients - as penned at the time or shortly thereafter, instead of repeating their actual citation and adding whatever additional information may now vailable. There is no set format for these accounts which are restricted to actions from WW1, Russia 1919, WW2 and Korea only.

These personal accounts, however, do not do justice to each man’s specific deed of bravery. When required to write reports about their own behaviour after the event, people are usually far too modest and will not, therefore, provide a blow-by-blow account of what truly happened.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Crookedman 23 on 6 Oct. 2014
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Excellent book to read these men did what they did not for medals but to protect their fellow men
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By steve green on 14 Dec. 2014
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The dogs danglelys,very good read from the comfort of my chicken coop with a roaring fire and a large brandy
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By Tommy Gravad on 24 Feb. 2015
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Perfect :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Swift on 9 Oct. 2014
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Good reading
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jesse R on 25 Mar. 2014
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As with all true accounts of the horrors of war, the Victoria Cross is fascinating, there are many amazing stories of self sacrifice and
bravery in this book, it's value in the face of adversity is the example it has for future generations.
A must for all students of war and thegreat heritage we have before us.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CaptainChaos on 30 Jan. 2015
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Awesome recollections by the people involved who are almost all totally 'normal' people in extraordinary circumstances.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Young on 5 Oct. 2013
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Many of us (me included) are often guilty of over using the word "Hero".
Many service men and women often go unrecognised but these Vicoria Cross winners are the ultimate heroes.
I met Johnson Beharry VC once. Like many VC winners he was so modest too.
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