For Valour

For Valour

Canadians and the Victoria Cross in the Great War

Book - 2015
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"Tells the stories of every Canadian winner of the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest award for gallantry, during the First World War. With a scope that covers the entire global conflict, For Valour follows soldiers from across Canada, all united by valour above and beyond the call of duty."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Dundurn, 2015.
ISBN: 9781459728486
Branch Call Number: 355.1342 Gli
Characteristics: 488 pages : illustrations, maps


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Mar 14, 2016

A fine accounting of all WWI recipients of Canada's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, each one getting the reasons for the award followed by a brief biography. The longest chapter (15 pages), not surprisingly, is given to Billy Bishop, who shot down 72 planes during the war (or he said he did) and the controversy not just over the number of kills but whether he actually merited the award at all. It remains much so a controversy to the present day.

Nov 05, 2015

A very "readable" account of the lives and times of the 70 Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross in WWI. It weaves in just enough historical and military detail to provide a backdrop to the individual acts of heroism. It is well researched with snippets of hard to locate information that made these men not only heroes but human. My only criticism is that there is no way to update some of the commemorative information in the book. Plaques have been moved, and schools named in their honour have come to the end of their use. Creating an on line link to the 2014-2018 commemoration projects would keep the contents current.


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Nov 05, 2015

"For Valour" presents the lives of the Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross in the Great War in the order the medal was awarded to them.
The series author has already written many well received books on WWI and this is a rewrite and update of a previous edition
The military details surrounding each act of heroism, and in many cases other instances of their bravery are also described. It links the recipients who were part of the same military events . In this way it throws new light on the most famous battles of WWI which had a vital Canadian contribution.
Since the series is edited by a British author it does not include much comment on the exclusion or treatment of various minority groups in Canada during and after WWI. It would have benefited from guest comments on the Truth and Reconciliation process, and the issue of "enemy aliens."

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