The Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross 2

Australia Remembers

by Michael Madden

Hardback Publication Date: 15/04/2018

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This book is an ambitious endeavour to capture the history of Australia’s pre-eminent award for acts of bravery in the face of the enemy and its highest military honour, the Victoria Cross (VC).

Since 1856 when the award was created by Queen Victoria, 100 Australian servicemen have been recognised with the Cross. This book, however, is not a traditional history book; it takes a different approach to recognising these remarkable Australians. Through 100 individual profiles of each Australian VC recipient, this book has been written as a way for families and friends to give their perspective on the men they knew, how the Victoria Cross has affected them and how families coped after the fighting had ended.

The profiles reveal just how much these men came from every walk of life and the rich colour of the families and communities they came from. The author, supported by volunteers from the Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Ex-Servicemen & Women’s Association of Victoria Inc. (TPI Victoria), has travelled across Australia and around the world to interview families, peers and friends about these 100 remarkable Australians.

All these strands have been brought together to tell the story of the creation of the Victoria Cross, how it has evolved to find its place in modern Australia, and to illuminate the lives of these Australians with an incredible array of photographs taken on these travels, but also from official sources and the families.

ISBN:
9781925520989
9781925520989
Category:
Military history
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-04-2018
Publisher:
Big Sky Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
512
Dimensions (mm):
232x155mm
Michael Madden

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Michael C Madden is the son of a Totally & Permanently Incapacitated Vietnam veteran.

He enjoyed a modest but happy childhood; growing up with his three brothers on the family's struggling dairy farm, before the family became homeless in the mid-1990s.

Michael has a deep passion for writing and Australian military history. He runs a military medal business in Berwick, Victoria and has published four novels and many short stories.

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  • Australian Military History

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    Fantastic book on our Australian VC winners. Have gone into the background of each to give us a better idea of the person, reason for the award and later life. A must for Australian military buffs.

  • Excellent must have

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    This book is really really well done , so much heart , and years of putting this together, there will never ever be another book like this, having got to know the author Micheal Maddern personally.
    It's a must have , if you want to know about these amazing heroes the 100 men that have received the highest award , then buy this book you will be totally proud to be an Australian... as we should remember and never forget !!!!!!!!