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Extraordinary Heroes: The Amazing Stories of the George and Victoria Cross Recipients (General Military)

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The Victoria and George Crosses are the highest military and civil decorations of the United Kingdom, awarded for gallantry. The Victoria Cross, introduced in 1856, is awarded to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries for valour in the face of the enemy, while the George Cross was introduced during World War II so that civilians could also be awarded for acts of heroism, or conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. There have been 1,356 Victoria Crosses awarded, and there have been 404 recipients of the George Cross since 1940.

The Imperial War Museum is opening the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in November 2010 to showcase not only their large collection of Victoria and George crosses, but also Lord Ashcroft's collection, which he has loaned to the Museum for 10 years. The gallery will therefore contain the largest collection of VCs and GCs in the world. The museum envisages around 150,000 visitors a year.

This fully illustrated book contains the stories of over 80 recipients: a mixture of individuals - including men, women and children from different countries - who performed their acts of heroism across the last century and a half.

About the Author

Ruth Sheppard read Ancient and Modern history at St John's College, Oxford and has an interest in all periods of history, but a particular fascination with the Roman Republic. Based at the Osprey editorial office for a number of years, she edited a large number of Osprey titles, and wrote two books, Empires Collide, and Alexander the Great at War. She is now a freelance editor and writer based in Oxfordshire.

Product Details

Osprey Publishing (UK)
Military - General
The Imperial War Museum
Sheppard, Ruth
The Museum
Shepphard, Ruth
Military-General History
Edition Description:
Trade paper
General Military
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Grade Level:
50 MONO; 250 COL
7.8 x 9.4 x .43 in 1 lb

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