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.
|Publisher:||Robin Brass Studio, Inc.|
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About the Author
Hugh Halliday, who is a retired curator at the Canadian War Museum, is a respected 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, as well as Wreck! Canada's Worst Railway Accidents.