During visits to the First World War battlefields the author often wondered where various Victoria Cross actions took place; he resolved to find out. Research commenced in 1988 and numerous sources have been consulted in the meantime. The book is designed for the battlefield visitor as much as the armchair reader. A detailed 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 allows visitors to stand upon the spot, or very close, where the VC actions took place and understand what happened and where. Photographs of the battle sites 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. There is also a host of other information, much of it published for the first time.
VICTORIA CROSSES ON THE WESTERN FRONT April 1915 – June 1916
This is a weighty book packed with information. The author states that this is as much for the battlefield visitor as it is for the armchair reader. Details of the VC actions are explained in largely chronological order and are then followed by biographies of the winners. Some fascinating characters emerge, with numerous links to many famous people and events.