Typical Victorian 'boy's own' publication full of inspiring stories, many of them concerning military heroism. This book includes a series of descriptions of deeds which were recognised by the award of the Victoria Cross, either during the Anglo-Zulu War or 2nd Afghan War (both of which were recent at the time of publication). Each entry includes a colour plate and a related text; the Anglo-Zulu War subjects include (as one feature) the defence of Rorke's Drift, Sgt. Anthony Booth at Ntombe, and Lord William Beresford and Captain Cecil D'Arcy at the skirmish on 3 July 1879 before oNdini (Ulundi). There are also plates depicting the actions at Moorosi's mountain and Sekhukhune's stronghold in southern Africa as well as numerous Afghan subjects. A highly desirable and scarce book, in good condition for its age, some slight internal looseness to the binding and spotting, but otherwise sound and clean.