Victoria Cross Heroes

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History, War Documentary hosted by Kenneth Cranham and published by Channel 5 in 2006 - English narration

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"The most democratic and at the same time the most exclusive all orders of chivalry - the most enviable order of the Victoria Cross." Edward VIII (when Prince of Wales)

Seventy years after that statement, Edward's great nephew, HRH Prince Charles, introduces the definitive history and a landmark series to commemorate and celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross. It pays fitting tribute to the men who have been awarded the highest medal for gallantry. As President of the VC and GC Association and with the Royal Family's long connection with Britain's armed forces, the Prince believes the medal has a particular resonance and significance.

[edit] The Empire

'The Empire' centres upon the VCs of the 19th Century, from its hugely popular instigation by Victoria in 1856 after the Crimean war to the war that ended her era, the Boer war at the turn of the century. The Victoria Cross was immediately taken to heart, its winners becoming celebrities equivalent to the pop stars and footballers of now. It includes dramatic reconstructions of Rorke's Drift, from the Indian Mutiny and the Crimea.

[edit] The Great War

'The Great War' tells the story of the VC through the first World War. Half of all VCs awarded to date were done so between 1914 and 1919. From the Western Front, through the Somme to Gallipoli, such was the variety of battle that every facet of human bravery was exposed. Stories featured include that of Noel Chavasse, one of only three men to win the VC twice, Boy Cornwell, the youngest recipient, and Billy Leefe-Robinson who shot down a Zeppelin over London to national acclaim.

[edit] The Modern Age

'The Modern Age' brings the story of the VC up to date. From the air and sea battles of WWII, through Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands and the current Gulf War, British soldiers have been fighting every year for the last 60 years. And through these years the VC has been awarded less and less. Has the nature of battle changed so much that men are no longer faced with such danger, or has the attention around the VC become so great that the Generals are scared to award it?

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Video Codec: XviD MPEG-4 codec
Video Bitrate: 1282 KB/s
Video Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Video Resolution: 640 x 352
Audio Codec: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (MP3)
Audio BitRate: 160 KB/s (CBR)
Audio Channels: 2 Ch
RunTime: 00:47
Framerate: 25 FPS
Number Of Parts: 3
Part Size: 495 MB (1/9th DVD)
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Subtitles: No TV Cap
Source: DVB

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