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Great Stories of the Victoria Cross.

SMYTH Sir John (1977.)

£80.00  [First Edition]

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Illustrations. First edition. 8vo., cloth, dust jacket. London, Arthur Barker Ltd.

A presentation copy from one V.C. holder to another, inscribed on the front free endpaper 'To Godfrey. In admiration and friendship and ever grateful thanks for all you have done for me and the V.C and G.C Association Jackie 15.6.77'.

Brigadier Sir John Smyth, V.C., M.C. ('Jackie'), won his V.C. in the Great War, the citation reading: For most conspicuous bravery near Richebourg l'Avoue on 18 May 1915. With a bombing party of 10 men, who voluntarily undertook this duty, he conveyed a supply of 96 bombs to within 20 yards of the enemy's position over exceptionally dangerous ground, after the attempts of two other parties had failed. Lieutenant Smyth succeeded in taking the bombs to the desired position with the aid of two of his men (the other eight having been killed or wounded), and to effect his purpose he had to swim a stream, being exposed the whole time to howitzer, shrapnel, machine-gun and rifle fire.

Godfrey is Rear Admiral Godfrey Place V.C., who as a submariner won his V.C. at the age of 22, the citation reading: On 22 September 1943 at Kafiord, North Norway, Lieutenant Place, commanding Midget Submarine X7, and another lieutenant (Donald Cameron) commanding Midget Submarine X.6, carried out a most daring and successful attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz. The two submarines had to travel at least 1,000 miles from base, negotiate a minefield, dodge nets, gun defences and enemy listening posts. Having eluded all these hazards they finally placed the charges underneath the ship where they went off an hour later, doing so much damage that Tirpitz was out of action for months.

Dust jacket with two small tears to the head of the spine, with some loss.

Stock Code: 221899