The First VCs: The Moving True Story of First World War Heroes Maurice Dease and Frank Godley by Mark Ryan, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The First VCs: The Moving True Story of First World War Heroes Maurice Dease and Frank Godley

The First VCs: The Moving True Story of First World War Heroes Maurice Dease and Frank Godley

by Mark Ryan
     
 

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What would you do if you were struck by an enemy bullet in wartime, then realized you were still alive? For most of us, that would be the end of our fight. If we were capable of thought while we tried to cope with the pain, we’d probably hope to be rushed to hospital, so that someone could save our lives. But a hundred years ago, in the opening battle of World

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What would you do if you were struck by an enemy bullet in wartime, then realized you were still alive? For most of us, that would be the end of our fight. If we were capable of thought while we tried to cope with the pain, we’d probably hope to be rushed to hospital, so that someone could save our lives. But a hundred years ago, in the opening battle of World War I at Mons, two young men didn’t react like that. Lieutenant Maurice Dease and Private Sidney Godley, born only weeks apart into sharply contrasting worlds, shared the same defiance. They didn’t think of themselves and went back for more, sustaining dreadful wounds in the process. One man died, the other lived—pieced back together painstakingly by the Germans, who had taken so many casualties of their own while overrunning the British position. Together Dease and Godley became the first winners of the Victoria Cross in World War I.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780750954518
Publisher:
The History Press
Publication date:
10/01/2014
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ryan is the author of The Hornet's Sting, The Last Torpedo Flyers, and Running with Fire.

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