SimmoA Biography of Ray Simpson, VC, DCM: One of Australia's Greatest Soldiers

Author(s): Michael J. Malone

Military History

After every conflict, there comes a time when historians gather to describe the heroic exploits stemming from that action. In the case of Victoria Cross winners, such histories are ordinarily detailed and numerous, but there are some exceptions. In the forty years since the end of the Vietnam War, not one book of note has commemorated the heroism of one of Australia's greatest soldiers: Ray Simpson, VC, DCM. Not until now.Historians and fellow soldiers Mick Malone and Peter Lutley have spent over five years of research, writing, and interviewing those closest to the great man to complete Simmo, the definitive, authorised biography of this fascinating hero. They spent years finding those who knew Simmo so they may share their stories to piece together the minutiae of his varied and surprising life. Told in the words of those who lived and served with him, this is a substantial, gritty, and candid collection of anecdotes that illustrates the many facets of this larger than life man.An intensely brave soldier and never-say-die character in the mould of Albert Jacka and Joe Maxwell, Simpson served in World War 2, Korea, and Malaya, as well as five decorated years in Vietnam. He was a WO2 and loved being one: Simmo is arguably the most substantial and comprehensive biographies ever written of one man who was not a General. Simpson's devotion to the job and his men is marvellous, and for a man with little formal education, he had a remarkable knowledge of the geopolitical situation and the military industrial complex. Those who knew him, served with him, or have simply heard of his legend will treasure this book.


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General Fields

  • : 9780646943206
  • : Imprimatur Books
  • : Imprimatur Books
  • : October 2015
  • : 2.5 Centimeters X 10.7 Centimeters X 25.5 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Michael J. Malone
  • : Hardback
  • : 2016
  • : en
  • : 266