The Desert VCs Extraordinary Valour in the North African Campaign in WWII

THERE WERE twenty-nine Victoria Crosses awarded in North Africa and the surrounding region in the Second World War, all of which are described in Brian Best’s latest book. These awards cover fighting in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somaliland and Algeria, but also in Syria, Greece, Crete, Corfu and Malta, and above and below the waters of the Mediterranean. This wide expanse of territory means that differing terrains, weather and conditions faced the men who went above and beyond the call of duty and makes for a more varied book.


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