Spartacus Review

Volume 56: 28th December, 2011

First World War

Title: VCs: Somme 1916

Author: Gerald Gliddon


Publisher: History Press

Price: £9.99

Bookshop: Amazon

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During the opening four months of the First World War no fewer than forty-six soldiers from the British and Commonwealth armies were awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for gallantry. In a series of biographies, Gerald Gliddon examines the men and the dramatic events that led to the award of this most coveted of medals and explores the post-war experiences of those who survived. These men, ordinary soldiers from widely differing social backgrounds, acted with valour above and beyond the call of duty. Their stories and experiences offer a fresh perspective on the opening stages of the 'war to end wars'.