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Old Sweat said:A few observations after following this thread. First, to be awarded a decoration, one has to be recommended. Trite, but true. In my young officer days a long time ago, a common belief was that Canadian senior officers tended to not submit many recommendations for awards, citing as their reason that the soldier was just doing his job. That did not mean that, at the same time, they refused to accept any decorations they were awarded.
A friend, a professional military historian with a PhD, once told me that the criteria established for the Canadian VC were so stringent that it was unlikely that anyone could meet them.
Reminds me of something I read,
Bennett's insistence that there should be no stars or professional heroes among his officers. "There will be no living VCs in 8 Group."
Air Vice Marshal Donald Clifford Tyndall Bennett, CB, CBE, DSO