For Conspicuous Gallantry: Military Cross Holders of the First World War

Author(s): Neil Thornton 

ISBN: 9781781557228
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A gripping narrative chronicling the epic actions on the First World War, which resulted in the award of the Military Cross.
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 'Hugely authoritative and exhaustingly researched. Compelling testimonies of true grit and heroism.

Damien Lewis
Best-selling author of SAS Italian Job: The Secret Mission to Storm a Forbidden Nazi Fortress

  • Exploring the extraordinary acts of bravery, which resulted in the award of the Military Cross 

  • Packed with incredible stories of individual heroism and sacrifice 

  • Assiduously researched, rich in detail, lavishly illustrated and includes many first-hand accounts from the men themselves 

  • A well-balanced combination of high-profile recipients together with many lesser-known entries    

When introduced in 1914, the Military Cross filled a large void in medallic recognition for junior officers: the first men over-the-top when going into action. Here, the author covers a diverse range of heroic Military Cross actions in exciting detail. Legendary characters such as Albert Jacka and Siegfried Sassoon feature within, but the bravery of many lesser-known but equally gallant recipients are also explored. From dogfights in the air, hand-to-hand combat during trench raids and everything in between, For Conspicuous Gallantry: Military Cross Holders of the First World War tells many stories of individual bravery and heroism that resulted in the award of the Military Cross. 

    BOOK ISBN 9781781557228
    FORMAT 234 x 156 mm
    BINDING Hardback with dust jacket
    PAGES 224 pages
    PUBLICATION DATE 29 August 2019
    TERRITORY UK and Worldwide
    ILLUSTRATIONS 50 black-and-white photographs

    Neil Thornton (left) has produced articles on a diverse range of military history and through his extensive research has contributed to an array of military publications. He is an experienced speaker and regularly provides talks and workshops for schools, historical groups and the armed forces. The author also involves himself in a variety of military projects. His first book for Fonthill Media was the critically acclaimed Rorke’s Drift: A New Perspective (2016).