The Victoria Cross: For Valour w/ Jeremy Clarkson on Youtube

#1
There's a complete copy of Jeremy Clarkson's VC documentary on Youtube.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LufdzZIPPHQ
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfdvDfv8UF4
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU4eRUcO8Jo
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ut9l0Yk8M
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0U69SXrh88
Part 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rabfessJZw
Part 7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MeYj7tKN80

Highly recommended if you haven't seen it. It mainly focuses on Major Robert Cain VC but also addresses the creation and value of the medal, the character of a recipient and the burden of living with the honour. There are some humbling interviews with living VC holders.
 
#2
Sophia said:
There's a complete copy of Jeremy Clarkson's VC documentary on Youtube.

Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LufdzZIPPHQ
Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfdvDfv8UF4
Part 3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bU4eRUcO8Jo
Part 4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5ut9l0Yk8M
Part 5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0U69SXrh88
Part 6 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rabfessJZw
Part 7 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MeYj7tKN80

Highly recommended if you haven't seen it. It mainly focuses on Major Robert Cain VC but also addresses the creation and value of the medal, the character of a recipient and the burden of living with the honour. There are some humbling interviews with living VC holders.
Have just finished watching all seven episodes, totally enthralled and has left me with tears in my eyes.

I would strongly urge anyone to watch this.
 
#3
Courage that showed no bounds.

Totally dumbstruck by the tales of daring and sacrifice, “he felt something sticky running down his face, and realised he’d fired so many rounds that he’d burst his eardrum”.

Words fail me.

Clarkson delivered this programme with a hint of awe in his voice all the way through. His final piece to camera where he revealed his relationship with Major Cain, was so moving…I feel it was a one shot deal.
 
#4
Sophia, thank you for the link; I managed to watch some of the programme when it had been originally aired but never in its entirety. Much appreciated.

Watching the holders of the VC in the programme and hearing their stories makes one feel very humble indeed.
 
#5
JC is mint, he should run for PM!!!

A very nearly perfect presenter to a program that shows the rather pedestrian adage, from the case of Hamburger Hill, is true.

"War at its worst. Men at their Best."
 
#7
Thanks, Sophia! Excellent post/topic.

JC is really first-class at this kind of thing, showing himself to be a very considerable presenter/journalist.

Wonderful men - immensely humbling.
 
#8
I missed the programme the first time round. Thank you so much for putting it on the machine. What an incredible story. JC really was the right man to do it. He always takes the urine out of people so when he is being serious it really packs a punch.

That was really very very good.
 
#10
Imagine what that must have looked like from a Germans point of view.

This... man, with his trousers blown off, caked in blood with sticky stuff comeing down the side of his face firing a mortar, horizontally, at you.

Must have been unnerving.
Another JC understatement there :D

What is more amazing, but pretty much in line with those who have won the VC, is that the mans daughter (later revealed as JCs wife) never knew of her fathers actions until after he died.
 
#11
I thank you for the above, i was one of the researchers for the Programme, spoke to his daughter a few times, nice woman, JC well is the same off screen as on, Daughter read for the first time the full actions of her Father in my book.

Some stuff never made the Programme about him, he certainly did a lot more than the Programme said, one thing though he didnt do was fire the PIAT from the hip,dont know were that came from.
 
#12
björn said:
Enjoyed it so much I watched it twice! Many thanks.
I'm so glad you posted this, björn! That's exactly what I did, too. A fascinating and highly informative examination of the medal itself and its courageous recipients. I really enjoyed it and would like to thank Sophia for posting it in the first place.

MsG
 
#13
Incredible story of Maj. Cain's actions, i knew nothing of this before and am extremely humbled by all of the stories mentioned in the programme, inspired even.
A very good programme, written by JC as well, and well worth the license fee.

Thanks for posting the link, i missed it when it was on the goggle-box.
 
#16
We don't get television here at university, we're in a valley in Wales.

Now halfway through the second section, I don't mind one bit. This is very great programming, done with a humility and amazement fitting for such an incredible award and such incredible bravery.

Humbled.
 
#17
Invictus_88 said:
We don't get television here at university, we're in a valley in Wales.

Now halfway through the second section, I don't mind one bit. This is very great programming, done with a humility and amazement fitting for such an incredible award and such incredible bravery.

Humbled.
If you are in a TV-less valley in Wales, you have my sympathies. :( :roll:

One trusts there are no sheep to hand? - if that's the turn of phrase I'm looking for. :? And keep your hands where we can see them . . . 8)

TG for the interweb, so that - even in Wales - one may see the glorious deeds of such wonderful men. :D :D :D
 
#20
Invictus, you must be at Lampeter then. Rare treat.

If there were 7 medals at the time of the programe and 80 more in the "lump" (I went to Donnington so many times and never knew that the VC metal was kept there, I always figured it would be in the Tower or some similar) how many are left now?

The programme seems to predate the more recent presentations including Pte Beharry VC of the PWRR and Cpl Bryan Budd VC of the Paras.

So would that be 85 left? Could anyone confirm if any more have been handed out from the programme air date to present day?
 

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