Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Somme 1916


1st July 1916 to 13th November 1916

By: Paul Oldfield
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 528
ISBN: 9781473827127
Published: 6th July 2016
RRP / Print Price: £30.00

Current purchase price:
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Victoria Crosses on the Western Front - Somme 1916

In the past, while visiting the First World War battlefields, the author often wondered where the various Victoria Cross actions took place. He resolved to find out. In 1988, in the midst of his army career, research for this book commenced and over the years numerous sources have been consulted. 

Victoria Crosses on the Western Front – Somme 1916 is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the armchair reader. A thorough account of each VC action is set within the wider strategic and tactical context. Detailed sketch maps show the area today, together with the battle-lines and movements of the combatants. It will allow visitors to stand upon the spot, or very close to, where each VC was won. Photographs of the battle sites richly illustrate the accounts. There is also a comprehensive biography for each recipient covering every aspect of their lives ‘warts and all’ – parents and siblings, education, civilian employment, military career, wife and children, death and burial/commemoration. A host of other information, much of it published for the first time, reveals some fascinating characters, with numerous links to many famous people and events.

 




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