The storming of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops, World War I, 4 November 1918. One of the most gallant feats of the closing days of the Great War. The brick rampart was crowned with German machine-guns, but the New Zealanders managed to bring up a 30 ft ladder, and ascended in single file amid a hail of bullets, soon driving the enemy down the reverse slope of the bastion and capturing the town. Illustration for The Wonder Book of Soldiers (Ward Lock, c 1920).
RAF Spitfire pilots from WWII. During World Wars I and II, black recruits could be found in all branches of the Armed Forces; from black Britons who lived in the UK to West Indians and Caribbeans who travelled to the UK to support the fight for freedom. Estimates vary, but approximately 16,000 men from the Caribbean volunteered to fight for Britain in World War I, and thousands more in World War II.In RAF in World War II, there over 17,500 male and female volunteers from the West Indies…
A Gurkha soldier who single-handedly fought off an attack on his base by up to 30 Taliban insurgents was been awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in 2011. Acting Sergeant Dipprasad Pun, 31, exhausted all his ammunition & at one point had to use the tripod of his machine gun to beat away a militant climbing the walls of the compound. The soldier fired more than 400 rnds, launched 17 grenades and detonated a mine to thwart the Taliban assault on his checkpoint Helmand Province.
A teenage army medic has become the first woman to be awarded the Military Cross, one of the highest honours for gallantry in combat. Private Michelle Norris, 19, braved a hail of sniper and machine-gun fire from 200 insurgents during a pitched battle in southern Iraq in order to give lifesaving treatment to a wounded comrade.