Symbol of Courage: A History of the Victoria Cross

Posted on November 30, 2009


Symbol of CourageMore of a book for dipping in and out than for reading cover to cover.  The background to the battles during which VCs were awarded is enlightening (although I picked this up somewhat annoyingly just weeks before Private Beharry’s latest medal). 

The dispatches notes themselves are surprisingly ordinary and although a fantastic collection overall, can make the VC a little less glamorous than it might otherwise be.  Coupled with a little knowledge from elsewhere however (such as a curiosity about the seven VCs that went to my school) the book becomes a great reference tool.

On stumbling across the character of Edward St John Daniel, this really came alive…

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