[PDF / Epub] ★ Mark of the Lion: The Story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C. and Bar ✈ Kenneth Sandford – Mgiworx.co.uk

Mark of the Lion: The Story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C. and Bar great book amazing guy couldn t put it down A fascinating tale of a fascinating man Some of the stories are so seemingly incredulous, that one can scarcely believe they are real If you were watching a movie with this plot, you would laugh it off as a Hollywood bravado ala Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, John Wick You would think it impossible, surely no human is indeed capable of these feats I grew up in New Zealand when Upham was still alive and knew he was a VC bar war hero and that he was humble, but his actual exploits were never real A fascinating tale of a fascinating man Some of the stories are so seemingly incredulous, that one can scarcely believe they are real If you were watching a movie with this plot, you would laugh it off as a Hollywood bravado ala Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, John Wick You would think it impossible, surely no human is indeed capable of these feats I grew up in New Zealand when Upham was still alive and knew he was a VC bar war hero and that he was humble, but his actual exploits were never really flaunted or well known in popular culture Upham was held in extremely high esteem, but what he did was accepted, and that was that Upon reading this book, it was soon apparent how remarkable this man s life was He reminds much of Neil Armstrong he did what he did and then was content to fade away from the limelight and live out his life He didn t want fame or fortune Sandford lays out the true Upham his ethos, his upbringing, his tenacity We feel like we truly know him In fact, after reading this book, I feel like I know him as much as my own grandfathers, who were of the same generation.This book should be required reading in New Zealand high schools Teenagers today are growing up in a world where almost all those who experienced WWII have gone This biography is a perfect way to connect to them to the history of their country and a man the epitomized the kiwi spirit Charles Upham Was The Great New Zealand War Hero He Was One Of The Few People In History To Have Won The Victoria Cross Twice, Setting New Standards Of Personal Heroism During World War II [Ebook] A Fire Sparkling By Julianne MacLean – Mgiworx.co.uk Setting New Standards Of Personal Heroism During World War II A Reluctant HeroCharles Upham was small in stature and rather shy and retiring by nature, but he also had an inbuilt hatred of injustice and wrongness Whenever he encountered anything wrong or unjust, he became a passionate force of nature and could wither bullies with an implacable look from his ice blue eyes He was educated at Waihi prep school, south of Christchurch and then at Christ s College, THE premier boys school in Christchurch Although Christ s was but a short walk from his hom A Reluctant HeroCharles Upham was small in stature and rather shy and retiring by nature, but he also had an inbuilt hatred of injustice and wrongness Whenever he encountered anything wrong or unjust, he became a passionate force of nature and could wither bullies with an implacable look from his ice blue eyes He was educated at Waihi prep school, south of Christchurch and then at Christ s College, THE premier boys school in Christchurch Although Christ s was but a short walk from his home, he boarded there for five years, before attending Lincoln College, a few miles outside Christchurch, where he gained a Diploma in Agriculture Six years on the land followed with four of those years spent in the high country where men had to be tough to survive.In 1935 Charles met Molly, his future wife, and he decided that he neededstable employment so in March 1937 he joined the Valuation Department as a land valuer In 1939 he returned to Lincoln College and graduated with a Diploma in Valuation and Farm Management.All these experiences were to stand him in good stead when he was on active duty in Greece, Crete and North Africa He was able to very quickly size up the landscape for its tactical advantages and disadvantages and was thus able to take what some saw as foolhardy actions, but which were in reality the result of this ability He was fearless in battle because he was single mindedly focused on the task he had to do and there was no room in his mind for anything else apart from the welfare of his men His men had complete confidence in him and followed where he led, knowing that he would not let them down That sort of loyalty is given to few officers and the men under his command considered themselves fortunate in their Captain, and they were pretty tough men themselves New Zealand at that time had a population of 1,600,000 and was barely out of pioneering days so many of our soldiers were men of the land.Charles Upham was no respecter of persons and if he thought a senior officer was in the wrong, he would tell him so He was very fortunate several times that he wasn t demoted, but so far as he was concerned if something was wrong it didn t matter who was saying it, especially if it was going to affect the safety of his men His language was colourful to say the least, but it came naturally to him, a hangover from his high country days.Charles had one objective and one only, and that was to beat the Germans and win the war and the sooner the better He hated pomp and ceremony and was definitely not a parade ground soldier in fact, he could never keep in step but he was a consummate soldier He hated being singled out when he won his first VC, but reconciled himself by insisting that he would accept it on behalf of his Unit He didn t learn about his second V.C until after the war and he was back in New Zealand I will leave it for future readers to discover his reaction for themselves.This is a very well written and reasonably comprehensive biography of Captain Charles Upham, but it was written without much co operation from the man himself In fact, if his former Commanding Officer hadn t intervened, Charles Upham s story probably wouldn t be known, except by those who were there This is a book I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending It is the story of a man who saw a great wrong and wanted to play his part in putting it right, a man who believed it was his duty to serve King and country, a man who wasthan happy to go back into obscurity when that was accomplished Charles Hazlitt Upham died in November 1994 in Christchurch and his funeral service was held in Christ Church Cathedral with full military honours Reads somewhat like a Boys Own adventure but in this case the almost superhuman heroism is all true. An amazing book why the library in the city he comes from only has one copy that can be taken out I asked a local book shop you can still buy it I can only say what a hero. Great book, incredible true story An outstanding man and outstanding events This is one of the best biographies I have read and a truly inspirational read Charles Upham was truly a remarkable man, not just for earning two Victoria Crosses during combat in World War 2, but also by the fine leadership examples he set and the way he humbly lived his life The book is also very descriptive of the battle scenes and his horrifying early days in captivity while he was wounded A must read for any body. Why is this not a movie

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