Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Pen and Sword (March 2010)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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I am no stranger to the subject of British medals. Not only do I have several of my own from a former career in uniform, I have studied the subject and I also occasionally write for television on military matters. Consequently, I am continually, frustrated by the basic errors seen on both the small and large screens. How many films depicting events "during" WW2, for example, show British personnel wearing medals struck to commemorate victory over Axis forces when the medals were struck after the war was over. Similarly, on British television, in the very first episode of the final series of the popular "Soldier Soldier" the Commanding Officer was talking of his men "fighting and dying in the Falklands" and yet he was not even wearing the medal for that particular campaign!My other pet hate is the increased use of the word "military" to encompass all armed forces - including Naval and Air Forces, when the word actually refers to ground troops - i.e. soldiers. Within British awards, there is the Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and Military Cross available separately to each our different services although members of the Royal Marines, which are part of the Royal Navy, will be considered for the MC simply because their fighting role is similar to that of the army.Whilst I am, therefore, disappointed with the title of this book, I am also confused by a significant amount of the content - such as the inclusion of certain civilian awards - WRVS (Women's Royal Voluntary Service), civil service, colonial police, prison service and others which are certainly not armed fighting units.
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