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Supreme Courage By Peter de la Billiere

Supreme Courage
by Peter de la Billiere

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The most inspiring stories of VC winners since the medal's inception 150 years ago. Includes stories from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Denmark.
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Supreme Courage: Heroic stories from 150 Years of the Victoria Cross by Peter de la Billiere

Since 1854 the Victoria Cross has been the highest award for gallantry in the British Armed Forces. It bears the simple legend 'For Valour', but behind it are thrilling and ultimately humbling tales of unimaginable bravery. SUPREME COURAGE tells the tales of some of those who have won the medal, bringing this badge of honour alive with breath-taking accounts of courage in action. Visiting battle-scenes across the globe, peppering his accounts with letters and first-hand accounts, Sir Peter de la Billiere uncovers not just heroism but the hearts and minds of men. With his accounts of Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders, Indians and the Gurkhas, Sir Peter de la Billiere does more than accompany the man into battle. He reveals their backgrounds, the climate of their times, what it was that drove them on, and the price of fame - the burden of expectation in civilian life that accompanied more than one recipient to a pauper's grave. Extraordinary, thrilling and intensely moving, SUPREME COURAGE is a significant addition to the literature of war, and a unique and magnificent monument to heroism.

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Supreme Courage Reviews

'It is all the more poignant that these stories are retold here by a man of de la Billiere's stature' DAILY EXPRESS 'Admirable ... will sustain the morale of several nations' SPECTATOR 'SUPREME COURAGE makes a fascinating read for anyone with even the slightest interest in military history.' IRELAND EVENING HERALD 'This is a book that demonstrates in clear, soldierly language, just why, despite out age of rampant iconoclasm, the British armed forces still retain the nation's affection and respect.' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'Fascinating.' BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE

About Peter de la Billiere

Sir Peter was born in 1934. He lost his father in WW2 and joined the army as a private in 1952, becoming an officer in 1955. In 1956 he joined the SAS. He was made Commander of the British Forces during the first Gulf War and knighted in 1992.

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Supreme Courage: Heroic stories from 150 Years of the Victoria Cross by Peter de la Billiere
Peter de la Billiere
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Little, Brown & Company
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