The Victoria Cross was born out of the carnage of war, specifically, the Crimean War. When Britain entered the war in March of 1854 it found itself embroiled in its first major military conflict for over forty years The War of the Seventh Coalition in 1815 had been the last major conflict. Though the British Empire had engaged in various small conflicts in the midst of its empire expansion, the forty-year gap between major wars had seen a vast improvement in the arena of news reporting and correspondence. The Crimean War involved the first regular reporting of war correspondents. William...

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