The Victor

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by danny842003, Aug 17, 2013.

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  1. Im not sure if this is the correct forum or not. I am looking for a copy of the Victor copy 119 june 1st 1963

    The front page carries a story about how Fusilier Jefferson VC won his award at Monte Casino.
    He was a relative of my grandad and would love to purchase a copy of it for myself. If anyone knows of anywhere online that deals in this I would be grateful. I have been keeping an eye on eBay and despite getting a few very close to this issue have sadly not spotted the correct one.
  2. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Have you thought of writing to the publishers?
    In recent years they've been issuing the "Best of Victor" and the "Best of Alf Tupper"
    They might have copies of the artwork in storage and let you have a copy of that particuler story.
  3. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

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  4. Thanks a good suggestion there are copies (scans etc) online but I personally would jsut like an original if I could find one.
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  5. Nerves of steel! Especially 20 yards from a dealer of death! How did PIATs compare to Panzerfausts (Tankfists)?
  6. No worries, the Victor was always my comic of choice.

    For hiding my sisters Bunty in. :)
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  7. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

  8. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    I met a bloke from that Bn and involved in the action during the late 1970's. His opinion was that whilst the man deserved thoroughly all of the award, his mate stood behind him as he fired so he wouldn't fall and miss and got nothing for the deed. Fortunes of war indeed!
  9. That is supported by this extract from the Lancashire Fusiliers website

    "Following a chance meeting at the 2011 Blackpool veterans week with 3449543 Colour Sgt Pter Maher MM, who fought and was wounded with the 2nd Bn LFs in Italy, the following previously unrecorded fact became known:-

    The PIAT Anti Tank weapon required a team of 2 to operate it, and there was always a slight disbelief that Jefferson VC could have managed his magnificent effort single handed.

    Peter has now told us that there was indeed a team of two, and that the second man was Fusilier Sylvan Buckley MM
    Fusilier Sylvan Buckley won the MM in 1940 at Dunkirk"
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  10. Generally not that well. The PIAT bomb was basically fine, nice 2lb-ish hollow charge, that would spoil the day of most tankies if it hit and detonated correctly. The "if" was the thing. It was basically a horizontally fired mortar. It didn't fire that far and it had a nasty habit of striking "glancing" blows, particularly on sloped armour.

    However... It did have certain advantages. Zero backblast, comparatively small signature and the ability todeliver indirect fire (with HE or Phos bombs).
  11. If it's not an impertinent question Danny, what happened to Fus Jefferson post war?

  12. I miss the Victor. Makes Beano look like Bunty!