Beharry, Johnson, VC, with Cook, Nick.


1st ed., 2006. 370 pp., cold., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. On 18 March 2005, the author, a private with the 1st Battalion Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment, received Britain's highest award for gallantry. He became the first living recipient of the Victoria Cross for nearly forty years. Born on the Caribbean island of Grenada the author came to England at the age of nineteen and enlisted with the British Army. The driver of a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle, he carried out two acts of outstanding heroism during a series of explosive operations in southern Iraq and thus saved the lives of thirty of his companions. He was just twenty-four. In the second action, a rocket-propelled grenade exploded six inches from his head and yet he managed to reverse his vehicle out of the ambush zone before collapsing. Nobody thought he would survive but against all the odds he emerged from his coma and underwent a series of complex operations in the UK to remove shrapnel and bone shards from his brain. An extraordinary account.

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