Australians awarded the Victoria Cross
By Craig Blanch & Aaron Pegram
Published by New South/Australian War Memorial
RRP $79.99 in hardback • ISBN 9781742235424
As might be expected from an AWM publication, this book is beautifully presented and carefully researched.
It tells the remarkable stories of the 100 Australians who have been awarded the Victoria Cross for exceptional acts of bravery and self-sacrifice in battle.
From Captain Neville Howse of the New South Wales Army Medical Corps in 1900 to Corporal Cameron Baird of the 2nd Commando Regiment in 2013, heroic actions in the Boer War appear alongside those from the First World War, North Russia, the Second World War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
The biographical profiles offer the reader insights into the lives of the recipients beyond their wartime service while detailing the events for which they received the highest military award.
It’s clear the writers have benefitted from access to the Australian War Memorial’s extensive archives, including artefacts, photographs and artwork, all of which add immeasurably to the publication.
This book is indeed a fitting tribute to the valour of all the VC recipients. It will be a worthy addition to your library of military history although at 2.5kg it will need a sturdy shelf!