RSSUK and Commonwealth Awards

Valor Friday

| July 15, 2022 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

Before World War II, aircraft designs were rapidly evolving. At the start of the 1930s, bi-planes with skin of doped fabric were still the norm. By the end of the decade, sleek, aerodynamic monoplanes with monocoque construction were flying higher, faster, and more maneuverable than ever thought possible. As the war progressed, the technology would […]

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Valor Friday

| March 4, 2022 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

I’ve previously talked about Britain’s highest honor, the Victoria Cross. They also have an animal-equivalent award for animals in war, issued by the PDSA. The PDSA is an animal welfare charity, not dissimilar from the Humane Society here in the states. The PDSA’s Dickin Medal is considered to be the dog/horse/cat/pigeon version of Britain’s highest […]

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Valor Friday

| January 14, 2022 | 17 Comments
Valor Friday

Sometimes you come across a man’s story that really is so fantastic that it stretches the bonds of credulity. Then you find out that it’s entirely true. You’re left wondering just why this man’s life hasn’t had a movie made about him. Adrian Carton de Wiart is such a man. He wrote about his wartime […]

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Valor Friday

| January 7, 2022 | 8 Comments
Valor Friday

A while back (OK, it was almost two years ago, but blame COVID or something) I went over a group of women who had earned the US Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest award for valor in the face of the enemy. As women had, until very recently, been prohibited from serving in combat, […]

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Valor Friday

| November 26, 2021 | 11 Comments
Valor Friday

Last week I talked about Lieutenant Tul Bahadur Pun VC of the 6th Gurkha Rifles. Pun, as the post-nominals indicate, received the Victoria Cross for action during World War II in Burma, when he continued a charge on an enemy position alone after his compatriots were killed or wounded. Single-handedly vanquishing the enemy within he […]

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Valor Friday

| November 19, 2021 | 12 Comments
Valor Friday

To the British Army, there is one group of legendary fighters that will never be equaled. This elite formation is made up entirely of volunteers from a small landlocked country in south-central Asia. With a history of service to the British Empire dating more than 200 years, they have earned their reputation time and again. […]

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Valor Friday

| July 30, 2021 | 7 Comments
Valor Friday

Today’s subject comes by way of a request. The story might seem vaguely familiar to those who regularly read my weekly articles. As incredible (and true) as today’s story is, another man did something very similar nearly three years later.  James Allen Ward is a New Zealander who was working as a teacher at Castlecliff […]

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Valor Friday

| June 18, 2021 | 9 Comments
Valor Friday

This week we’ll be going over an incredible enlisted man from Canada, who’s known as “the Québécois Rambo”. He could easily be called Nick Fury from the Marvel Comics. Sergeant Leo Major started life by being born in the greatest country on the North American continent. His parents, of French-Canadian ancestry moved young Leo back […]

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