By Ken Tout
The author of "Tank!" and "A Fine Night for Tanks" now relates the battle actions of 22 outstanding war heroes from the period D to VE Days in North West Europe. The title "How Modest are the Bravest!" suggests that this is not just a simple narrative describing those battle actions in isolation. The author explores further into motive and aftermath in a unique way.
Rather than confine himself to British heroes he covers warriors from a number of the countries involved in the theatre. He chooses not only those who gained the very highest immediate awards, such as the Victoria Cross, or Congressional Medal of Honor or Militaire Willems-Orde but includes some who, in the author's own words, achieved a considerable "aggregate of valour" over a longer period. The author's contention, based on his own Normandy experience, is that, in the moment of utter crisis, it is often the quiet, modest man, rather than the braggart or bully, who steps up to accept the ultimate challenge of imminent death.