Who was John Cruickshank?

Introduction John Alexander Cruickshank, VC (born 20 May 1920) is a Scottish banker, former Royal Air Force officer, and a Second World War recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Cruickshank was awarded the VC for… Read More

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Who was Audie Murphy?

Introduction Audie Leon Murphy (20 June 1925 to 28 May 1971) was an American soldier, actor, songwriter, and rancher. He was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He received every military combat award for valour available from the US Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.… Read More

Imposed vs Earned…

“Discipline must be imposed, but loyalty must be earned – yet the highest form of discipline exists only where there is mutual loyalty, up and down.” Major General Aubrey Newman (1903 to 1994) Aubrey ‘Red’ Newman graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1925. He retired as a US Army Major… Read More

Rewards: Earned not Given…

I have a philosophy in life that rewards should be earned and not given, and the excerpt below brilliantly exemplifies that philosophy: There is a good story told, of one of Napoleon’s marshals, Lefebvre, the gallant old soldier who became Duke of Danzig. A civilian friend was once envying him his house and decorations and other awards. At… Read More