British VCs of World War 2: A Study in Heroism (John Laffin)

British VCs of World War 2: A Study in Heroism (John Laffin) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Military History section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

Stroud: Budding Books, 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; List of abbreviations; Appendices [2];

From the cover: No other military decoration in the world has the prestige of the Victoria Cross and none is harder to win. It is a remarkable paradox that the bronze VC is the plainest of all British decorations and intrinsically the cheapest at one time the bronze in a VC was worth threepence yet among servicemen it is the most highly prized.

During the Second World War 106 members of the British armed forces were awarded VCs. In order of service: Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve 23; the Army 61; the Royal Air Force 22. The names of many and the actions in which they won their award became the talk of the nation: Captain Bernard Warburton-Lee RN at the Battle of Narvik, Wing Commander Guy Gibson the Dambuster, and Warrant Officer Peter Wright of the Coldstream Guards, whose DCM was converted to a VC on the suggestion of King George VI. It is significant that almost half of these 106 awards were made posthumously. Put another way, during the Second World War the chances of performing an act of courage considered worthy of a VC and of living to receive it were 50:50.

In British VCs of World War 2 John Laffin looks at each gallant deed that led to the award of a VC in the context of the war and the land, sea or air campaign in which it was won. In what way did any particular exploit affect the outcome of a larger action? Was it more difficult to win a VC in a jungle campaign than in a desert? What made the award of a VC for a submarine or aerial action different from those earned on the ground or at sea for assuredly they were different. The author answers all of these questions and many others besides.

British VCs of World War 2 is fully illustrated and includes complete transcripts from the original citations which led to the award of the worlds most revered gallantry decoration.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Remainder mark to the top of the text block otherwise a very well presented copy.

Matching Pictorial boards. [XXII] 258 pages. Index. Bibliography. 9½” x 6¼”.

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