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When introduced in 1914, the Military Cross filled a large void in medallic recognition for junior officers--the first men over-the-top when going into action. Here the author covers a diverse range of heroic Military Cross actions in exciting detail. Legendary characters like Albert Jacka feature within, as do the high-profile solider-poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. The bravery of many lesser-known but equally gallant recipients are also explored. From dogfights in the air, to hand-to-hand scraps in tunnels below the battlefields and everything in between, 'For Conspicuous Gallantry' tells many stories of individual bravery and heroism that resulted in the award of the Military Cross.
The battle of Rorke's Drift is established in history as one of Britain's most incredible actions where approximately 155 defenders held off a Zulu force of over 4,000 warriors, in a savage, bloody conflict with no quarter given by either side. The battle led to a display of incredible fortitude, courage and tenacity resulting in mutual respect between British red coat and Zulu warrior. Using a vast array of primary accounts, including lesser known, and previously unpublished examples, the author describes the battle in vivid detail. The actions of each of the 11 Victoria Cross recipients are looked at in detail, together with those men who were awarded the DCM. Illustrated with previously unpublished artwork, 'Rorke's Drift-A New Perspective' is a gripping account, which questions what is commonly believed to be the true interpretation of the hospital fighting. A truly compelling read, packed with numerous footnotes and sources, appealing to both the casual reader and the serious historian.