Clarke, John D.


Sparkford, 1st ed., 1993. 248 pp., numerous photo-ills., + ills., + some cold., photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 16cm. Bookplate ; FINE. In this remarkably comprehensive survey, over 220 orders, decorations and medals of 37 nations are meticulously detailed, with copious illustrations, some in colour. The book covers the period from the Crimean War through to the Falklands and Gulf Wars. Included are not only such celebrated decorations as the Victoria Cross and Croix de Guerre, but also a number of lesser-known examples. In many cases the descriptions are enriched by moving examples of actual awards, true stories of heroism and extracts from official citations. Consideration is also given to some of the problems and consequences of awarding gallantry decorations, as well as the pleasure of collecting them.

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