Thirteen true tales of men who were briefly military heroes of their time, but have since been largely forgotten
This book looks back to the time when an individual could change the course of history in a single battle or engagement, and yet still be forgotten. Here are the stories of the men who were regarded as heroes at the time but have now been forgotten or eclipsed. Some were honourable men and some not, but the actions of all were larger than life and make for exciting reading. They were mostly professional soldiers; one, Lieutenant Walter Hamilton, was a VC who fought the Kabul mob to the death, and took 600 of the enemy with him. Another, Major General Lew Wallace, primarily a lawyer and politician, commanded a division at the Battle of Shiloh, but is remembered now only as the author of Ben Hur.
Bryan Perrett, a former army man himself, has been writing about military adventure and heroism for some years now, collecting a large band of enthusiastic readers. His books have formed the mainstay of the Cassell Military Paperbacks list and include such gems as LAST STAND!, AT ALL COSTS!, IMPOSSIBLE VICTORIES, AGAINST ALL ODDS!, and many more.