British Military Medals: A Guide for the Collector and Family Historian, 2nd edition, by Peter Duckers (ISBN: 978-1526791917, Pen and Sword Military, available in the US from Casemate, 1940 Lawrence Rd., Havertown, PA 19083; 610.853.9131; www.casematepublishers.com. Soft cover, 190 pages, 100 color illustrations, 2021, $26.95).
Campaign and gallantry medals are a key to understanding — and exploring — British and imperial military history, and to uncovering the careers and exploits of individual soldiers. This second edition of Peter Duckers top-selling British Military Medals traces the history of medals and gallantry awards from Elizabethan times to the modern day, and it features an expert account of their design and production.
In a series of succinct and well-organized chapters, Duckers explains how the medals originated, what the eligibility requirements were to receive one, and even indicates if “medal rolls” (official lists of recipients) are extant for the particular award.
In addition to providing a survey of campaign, gallantry, and service medals, the included bibliography, survey of internet resources, and an index all combine to make the volume a useful tool for the casual collector or family historian who wants to learn how to identify and interpret British medals.
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