Uncommon valour : the story of the Victoria Cross / Granville Allen Mawer.

Collection type Library
Author Mawer, G. A. (G. Allen), 1943-, author.;
Call Number 355.13420941 M462
Document type Monograph
Year 2019. 019.
Pagination xiii, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Publisher Pen & Sword Military,
Note Formerly CIP. Includes bibliographical references and index. What is the nature of courage, how and when should it be recognized, and how has our appreciation of it changed? These are among the questions Granville Allen Mawer seeks to answer in this absorbing study of the history of the Victoria Cross, the highestaward in the British honours system for gallantry in the presence of the enemy. His is the first analytical account of the institution of the Victoria Cross, and it is a fascinating study of the ethics of rewarding bravery. It explores in dispassionate de tail the thinking behind the creation of the award, the reasons why individual awards were given and how, over the last 160 years, the system has developed and changed. Using vivid and carefully selected examples, he compares individual actions that led t o a Victoria Cross and considers the circumstances in which they took place and the reasons given for making the award. So many factors were involved - the character of the individual concerned, the severity of the danger he faced, the situation of the Br itish forces, whether his conduct was seen and recorded, and the interpretation of the criteria for making an award at the time. This unconventional treatment of the Victoria Cross may be controversial, but it should stimulate a deeper understanding of th e history of the medal and of the heroism of those to whom it has been awarded.
Place made Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England :
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Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 What Price Glory? -- Chavasse -- Umrao Singh -- ch. 2 Set in Bronze -- Russell -- Norman -- Palmer -- Ruby -- ch. 3 The Virtue of Valour -- Gort -- Watson -- Ganju Lama -- Kenneally -- Gibson -- ch. 4 The Vanity of D istinction -- Chicken -- Kavanagh -- Mariner -- Bishop -- Neame -- ch. 5 Trophies of Honour -- Lindsay -- McKechnie -- Reynolds -- O''Connor -- Roberts -- Melvill -- Coghill -- Buller -- Roberts -- Congreve -- Schofield -- Phipps-Hornby -- F. Maxwell -- Do ugal -- Wheeler -- ch. 6 Duty and Disobedience -- E. Bell -- Hewett -- Jones -- Shepherd -- Horlock -- Smyth -- Pope -- Elstob -- Cassidy -- Mitchell -- Gee -- Porteous -- ch. 7 Highly Prized and Eagerly Sought After -- Maude -- Havelock -- Hancock -- Pur cell -- Hall -- Young -- ch. 8 In the Absence of an Enemy -- O''Hea -- Scott -- ch. 9 Stretching the Statutes -- Sartorius -- Daltan -- Chard -- Bromhead -- Lysons -- Fowler -- Dick-Cunyngham -- Buller -- ch. 10 Brave by Choice -- Contents note continued: Cook -- N. Leakey -- Knox -- Roberts-Smith -- Ramhahadur Limbu -- ch. 11 England Expects -- Cornwell -- Carless -- Nicolson -- Payne -- Donaldson -- ch. 12 Tally Ho -- McCudden -- Warneford -- Robinson -- Ball -- Hawker -- Mannock -- Barker -- Beauchamp-Proctor -- Cheshire -- Ward -- Linton -- Wanklyn -- Hirfme -- ch. 13 The Politics of Empire -- English -- F. Bell -- Hardham -- Keysor -- K. Wheatley -- ch. 14 Soldiers of the Queen -- The Unknown American -- O''Leary -- Kerr -- Llo yd -- Khudadad Khan -- Gaje Gale -- ch. 15 Irrespective of Rank -- Moore -- Malcolmson -- Maude -- Coffin -- Grogan -- Campbell -- Wilson -- Cook -- Miller- -- ch. 16 Death or Victory -- Parsons -- Jones -- McKay -- Beharry -- J. Leakey -- ch. 17 Fighting Mad -- Egerton -- Cairns -- Fazal Din -- Abdul Hqfiz -- Stokes -- Wakenshaw -- Pollard -- Jacka -- J. Maxwell -- Howse -- Upham -- Rowlands -- MacKay -- ch. 18 Happy Warriors -- Contents note continued: Hore-Ruthven -- Borton -- Carton de Wiart -- Marshall -- ch. 19 Shadows -- Wooden -- Byrne -- Shaw -- Bambrick -- Jefferson -- ch. 20 Instruments of War -- Ritchie -- Sutton -- Hawthorne -- Findlater -- Laidlaw -- Richardson -- ch . 21 Comrades in Peril -- Buckley -- Read -- Home -- Dartnell -- Kenny -- Sefanaia Sukanaivalu -- Davis -- Lucas -- Lauder -- Smith -- Hacked -- Scott -- Coltman -- Hall -- ch. 22 Writing It Up -- F. Wheatley -- Arthur -- Hale -- Pickard -- Moor -- Foote -- Auten -- Rutherford -- Chapman -- ch. 23 Struck Off -- Stan lack -- Daniel -- Bambrick -- Collis -- Fowler -- Ravenhill -- ch. 24 Under the Eye of the Commander -- Connolly -- Percy -- Chaplin -- Lane -- Sellar -- Mount -- Wooden -- Miller -- Oxenham - - Walker -- Trigg -- ch. 25 One for All -- Parslow -- Smith -- Fegan -- Carpenter -- Bamford -- Finch -- Ryder -- Beattie -- Savage -- Wilkinson -- ch. 26 A Preference for Victory -- McBean -- Wright -- Keyes -- Contents note continued: ch. 27 Rules and Exceptions.

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