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The ten pieces in this section illustrate the acts of gallantry that won their subjects the George Cross. The George Cross is commonly referred to as the ‘civilian' Victoria Cross but is actually open both to members of the public and the armed forces. The distinction between the awards lies in the fact the actions which result in the award of the George Cross are not conducted ‘in the face of the enemy'.

The pieces in this section were commissioned by the Ministry of Information for a propaganda pamphlet to illustrate the bravery and selflessness of the British people in wartime. Where possible we have supported the pieces of art with original letters of recommendation or London Gazette entries which describe the actions in great detail and help to bring the art to life.