Valour Reconsidered: Inquiries into the Victoria Cross and Other Awards for Extreme Bravery by Hugh A. HallidayValour Reconsidered: Inquiries into the Victoria Cross and Other Awards for Extreme Bravery by Hugh A. Halliday

Valour Reconsidered: Inquiries into the Victoria Cross and Other Awards for Extreme Bravery

byHugh A. Halliday

Paperback | August 14, 2006

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The Victoria Cross is the most famous decoration for bravery in the world, its prestige rivaled only by the Medal of Honor. Other awards recognize courage displayed in very dangerous (but not combat) circumstances, among them the George Cross and Canada's Cross of Valour. But how is bravery measured? Is valor "in the presence of the enemy" more deserving than valor away from combat? Do all brave persons receive the honors they deserve? Where does "duty" end and "above the call of duty" begin? Has courage sometimes been confused with recklessness?Drawing on Canadian, American, Australian and British examples, this book examines an array of recommendations for VCs and similar awards, asking why some were approved and some not. It explores factors such as service politics, changing regulations, evolving perceptions of what constitutes "extreme danger" and the role of "public relations" and civilian morale.
Hugh A. Halliday, who retired from the Canadian War Museum in 1995, is widely respected as an authority on awards and decorations. He is the author or compiler of several books on RCAF history and airmen, including Not in the Face of the Enemy: Canadians Awarded the Air Force Cross and Air Force Medal. He is also the author of Wreck! C...
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Title:Valour Reconsidered: Inquiries into the Victoria Cross and Other Awards for Extreme BraveryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.08 × 6.1 × 0.68 inPublished:August 14, 2006Publisher:Robin Brass StudioLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1896941478

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Very interesting and informative book about the VC and the stories behind how it has been awarded.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valour revisited A hero by definition has a few meanings, this book tells of acts of various acts of valor. However to some this was their duty. Courageous acts that the average person would define as to receive the highest medal of valor (Victoria Cross) was downgraded by some approving generals or commanding officers to a lesser medal or sometimes just an honorable mention in despatch. Sometimes it was just numbers, only so many medals could be given for a campaign. This book was an enjoyable read, and talks of the other side of valor.
Date published: 2006-10-17