The Stationery Office, 1st ed., 1998. Xvi + 342 pp., cold., frontis., + numerous b&w photo-ills., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Spine of d.j., faded & small glue mark to front from former price sticker o/w FINE. Since the inception of the Victoria Cross in 1856 up until 1998, only 1354 had been awarded – over 50 of these have gone to the Sappers (Royal Engineers), a corps not always associated in the public mind with the heroic side of warfare. The 55 stories in this book form the first ever complete account of the sapper VC’s, from the Crimean War up to, and including, the Second World War. By setting them in the context of the campaigns and battles in which they occurred, the author provides a skilful insight into the role of the sapper and the integral part that military engineering has played in war throughout history. SCARCE.