Early in WW2, King George VI was deeply impressed by the heroic deeds of servicemen out of the front line and civilian non-combatants in acts connected with the war such as bomb disposal, rescues after air raids. So in September 1940 the King instituted the George Cross for ‘For Gallantry’ away from the heat of actual battle, to be awarded to civilians and servicemen and women. As the war progressed, the range of deeds increased. In April 1942 the unprecedented award of the GC was made to the entire population of the Island of Malta ‘to honour her brave people’. Later the award was made for supreme gallantry to members of the Special Operations Executive, including Violette Szabo and Forest Yeo-Thomas (The White Rabbit). Many were posthumous.The George Cross continued to be awarded in the post war years and up to the present day, and this fine books covers all of these.
AWARDS OF THE GEORGE CROSS 1940-2005
Impressed by the brave deeds of civilians during the Blitz, King George VI introduced the George Cross in 1940 to honour their acts. This book includes the full roll of GC winners until 2005 – including the island of Malta and agents of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) such as Violette Szabo (posthumously) and Forest Yeo-Thomas (The White Rabbit).
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By John Frayn Turner
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Hardback 224 pages