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.
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26 November 2019
Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1 The Inception of the Cross; 2 Honours Awards; 3 Mons to Hill 60; 4 A Chain of Events; 5 1916: The First Half; 6 The Somme; 7 Fire-Eater; 8 Arras/Hindenburg Line; 9 Third Ypres; 10 Above the Trenches; 11 The Final Stretch; 12 Richard Blaker; 13 Returning Heroes; 14 Walter Tull; Appendix: The Original Royal Warrant; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.
Through his research, Neil Thornton has contributed to various military publications. He has written articles on a diverse range of British military history and holds workshops for schools, historical groups and the Armed Forces. Neil also involves himself in a variety of military projects. He was born in 1979 and lives in Runcorn, Cheshire with his wife and daughter. He works in the chemical industry.