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Acts of Valour

The History of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand

Acts of Valour by Glyn Harper
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Profiles in courage - the definitive history of the Victoria Cross and New Zealand, fully updated in this new edition.

For 150 years the highest Commonwealth military decoration for gallantry has been the Victoria Cross. These are the extraordinary stories of the New Zealand VCs. Since its instigation in 1856 more than 40 Victoria Crosses have been awarded to men whose courage in the face of the enemy was recognised by their comrades.

Acts of Valour tells the story of each one, from the New Zealand Wars to the Second World War and the modern battlefields of Afghanistan in the 21st century. Many more were nominated for a VC than ever received it, with some of those famously declined — Malone of Chunuk Bair, Manahi, Perkins and Stott — igniting controversy that continues today.

The events, politics and philosophies of this exclusive award are examined by two leading military historians — each story powerful and unique, with compelling accounts of the battles that made our nation and forged our history. Informative, exciting and provocative, Acts of Valour presents a detailed insight into our military history — and the heroes who walked amongst us, right up to Corporal Willie Apiata, the most recent recipient of the VC, in 2007.

Fully revised and updated for the pivotal centennial anniversaries of WWI.

HarperCollins; August 2016
352 pages; ISBN 9781775490876
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Title: Acts of Valour
Author: Glyn Harper; Colin Richardson
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