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 – Cambrai to the German Spring Offensive 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.
VICTORIA CROSSES ON THE WESTERN FRONT Cambrai to The Battle of St Quentin, 20th November 1917 to 23 March 1918
The period covered in this volume of Paul Oldfield’s magus opus covering the VC’s of The Great War were bloody, violent months even for the Western Front, this book gives exceptional detail on both the individuals, and the actions for which they were awarded the ultimate British gallantry award.