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Victoria Cross Heroes e-book

Author:

Michael A Ashcroft

Language:

English

Category:

Memoris

Subcategory:

Historical

ePub size:

1413 kb

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Rating:

4.4

Publisher:

Headline Review (May 3, 2007)

Pages:

416

ISBN:

0755316339

Victoria Cross Heroes e-book

by Michael A Ashcroft


Victoria Cross Heroes' tells the stories of over 150 indiviuals whose bravery has earnt them the Victoria Cross. Lord Michael Ashcroft has done truly magnificent work here, and I cannot recommend his book too highly.

Victoria Cross Heroes' tells the stories of over 150 indiviuals whose bravery has earnt them the Victoria Cross. He treats the book's subject matter with great respect, just as he should, and even seems to regard the VC with a kind of awe- just as so many do, including myself. I look forward to reading his parallel book, "George Cross Heroes". It has made a fine addition to mine.

Xiii, 335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : 24 cm. "Victoria Cross heroes" tells the stories of over 150 individuals whose bravery has earnt them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action. Building the collection - The Crimean War - The Indian Subcontinent - South Africa - Other imperial conflicts around the world - The First World War: the army - The First World War: the Royal Navy - The First World War: the Royal Flying Corps/RAF - The Second World War - The world.

Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated with bravery since he was a young boy, now owns 200 VCs, by far the largest collection of its kind in the world. With nearly sixty action-packed stories of courageous soldiers, sailors and airmen from a range of global conflicts including the.

Michael Anthony P. Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft, KCMG, PC (born 4 March 1946) is a British–Belizean businessman and politician Following the theft of a number of Victoria Crosses awarded t. . Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft, KCMG, PC (born 4 March 1946) is a British–Belizean businessman and politician. He is a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party  .

The Victoria Cross is Britain and the Commonwealth's most prestigious gallantry medal for courage in the face of the enemy

The Victoria Cross is Britain and the Commonwealth's most prestigious gallantry medal for courage in the face of the enemy. It has been bestowed upon 1,355 heroic individuals from all walks of life since its creation during the Crimean War. Lord Ashcroft, who has been fascinated with bravery since he was a young boy, now owns 200 VCs, by far the largest collection of its kind in the world.

VICTORIA CROSS HEROES tells the stories of over 150 individuals whose bravery has earned them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action. The book is introduced by Michael Ashcroft, who owns over ten per cent of all VCs ever awarded

VICTORIA CROSS HEROES tells the stories of over 150 individuals whose bravery has earned them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action. The book is introduced by Michael Ashcroft, who owns over ten per cent of all VCs ever awarded. He explains the history of the medal and the story of his fascination with it. The main text of the book tells the stories of both those recipients whose medals are in his collection and those whose stories featured in the television series. Each chapter covers a different conflict, from the Crimean War to Iraq.

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Victoria Cross Heroes - Ebook written by Michael Ashcroft. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Victoria Cross Heroes. Doesn't include original photographic and illustrated material. VICTORIA CROSS HEROES tells the stories of over 150 individuals whose bravery has earned them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action.

Lord Ashcroft's Victoria Cross collection - the largest in the world - is to go on public display .

Lord Ashcroft's Victoria Cross collection - the largest in the world - is to go on public display following his £5 million donation to the Imperial War Museum. The world's largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), belonging to the Michael A Ashcroft Trust, is to be displayed publicly for the first time in a new gallery at Imperial War Museum London. Ashcroft and Dallaglio pledge support to Help for Heroes.

'Victoria Cross Heroes' tells the stories of over 150 indiviuals whose bravery has earnt them the Victoria Cross, Britain's most prestigious medal for courage in action. The book is introduced by Michael Ashcroft, who owns ten percent of all VCs ever awarded. He explains the history of the medal and the story of his fascination with it.
Yramede
Lord Michael Ashcroft is, as much as any civilian, well-qualified to write a history of the Victoria Cross and its recipient. He has held an interest in them for decades, and owns 142. This book, published in Britain in 2006 but only recently made available in the US, is 335 pages long and available in both hardcover and paperback. I purchased the former, since I've always felt that a sturdy hardback is better than any more flexible paperback. For such a subject as the legendary Victoria Cross, a hardcover is most appropriate. It is tough and unyielding, just like the men who have received it.

The Victoria Cross is the world's most renowned medal for valour. In more than 150 years of British military history, it has been awarded 1,356 times. It is extremely difficult to earn one now- 13 have been awarded since World War II- and the prestige of the medal has only increased with its rarity. This stands in contrast to the Hero of the Soviet Union, which in only 57 years was awarded nearly 13,000 times. Even the Medal of Honor- which has now been awarded for the second time since Vietnam- has been awarded more than 3,000 times. The VC is, even today, the highest honour any British or Australian citizen can receive in military service, and in the past it was awarded to the citizens of even more countries. No other medal has been so rarely awarded to such a wide range of people.

Now, then- the book. Ashcroft did outstanding work researching the book, simply enough. He details well the origins of the VC, how it would have become the Military Order of Victoria- yet another fancy order- had Queen Victoria herself not rejected the idea. Prior to starting in on the actual medal itself, however, Lord Ashcroft writes of his own history regarding the Victoria Cross, his almost life-long fascination with it and the heroism of its holders. There is also a foreword from His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, which is interesting to read just as Lord Ashcroft's foreword is. It also says, to me at least, how legitimate a work this book really is. HRH would not have spent any time on it if he did not think Ashcroft's book was up to snuff.

Not every VC recipient is mentioned in detail, understand, but more than twenty are, including the handful of men who have been awarded the VC twice. Think about that, what it takes just to get the VC once. Twice is beyond incredible.
Ashcroft has detailed recipients in every conflict since the medal's creation, most notably the defense of Rorke's Drift in South Africa, during the Zulu War. Eleven VC's were awarded to about one hundred men, about one VC for every ten soldiers- the most VC's ever awarded for a single action. What is interesting about the VC- the incredible courage it takes to earn it- is that not every man who has received it was a model soldier. For more than a few, earning the VC was the only notable thing they ever did.

One veteran of Rorke's Drift died penniless- his VC was his only possession of note. Another, John Chard, brilliantly commanded the defense of Rorke's Drift but was seen before the battle as an incompetent, unremarkable officer by his superiors. The VC he earned saved his career, rocketing him from Lieutenant to Major in the aftermath of the battle, and probably had a lot to do with Chard retiring as a Colonel. But even after Rorke's Drift, Ashcroft notes, Chard was still regarded as an idiot. He was clearly no coward- no VC holder could ever be accused of that- but perhaps not an especially smart man or above-average soldier. That is the one detail that must be remembered, in learning about medals like the Victoria Cross. The medal is inscribed, "For Valour". Not for brains, military or strategic proficiency, or anything else.

Valour.

Lord Michael Ashcroft has done truly magnificent work here, and I cannot recommend his book too highly. He treats the book's subject matter with great respect, just as he should, and even seems to regard the VC with a kind of awe- just as so many do, including myself. I look forward to reading his parallel book, "George Cross Heroes". If you have an interest in the top awards for military gallantry, I recommend you add this book to your collection. It has made a fine addition to mine.
Thomeena
This book is a collection of biographies of men who have won the Victoria Cross; the United Kingdom's (and the Commonwealth's) highest award for military valour.

Some of the entries run to several pages, whilst others are a mere couple of paragraphs. Ashcroft explains this is due to some of the winners of the VC only came to public attention due to their one instance of valour and then shunned all further public limelight; whereas others pursued a career in public office or were already well known by virtue of who their parents were (as one example) and their history was that much fuller and easier to compile.

Included is a short chapter which details Lord Ashcroft's passion for the VC, where it began and how it blossomed into the collection that his trust has today. Also included is a short history of the medal and its evolution to the medal that we have today.

I felt incredibly humbled as I read this book; reading of the stories of these incredibly brave (and in many cases very young) men, many who gave their lives in pursuit of their beliefs or duty.

If you have a passing interest in the Victoria Cross or wish to be reminded of the spirit of man and how selfless a person can be then I would recommend that you read Victoria Cross Heroes.

Lord Michael Ashcroft needs to take bow for the work he has done in preserving this small piece of VC history.

Enjoy.

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