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The Commando : The life and death of Cameron Baird, VC, MG - Ben Mckelvey

The Commando

The life and death of Cameron Baird, VC, MG

Hardcover Published: 19th October 2017
ISBN: 9780733636493
Number Of Pages: 384

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On 22 June 2013, Corporal Cameron Baird was a 2nd Commando Regiment Special Forces soldier when he led his platoon into a known Taliban stronghold to back-up another Australian unit under heavy fire. In the pronged firefight, Cameron was mortally wounded.

In 2014, Cameron's bravery and courage under fire saw him posthumously awarded the 100th Victoria Cross, our highest award possible for bravery in the presence of the enemy. Cameron Baird died how he lived - at the front, giving it his all, without any indecision. He will forever be remembered by his mates and the soldiers he served with in the 2nd Commando Regiment.

The Commando reveals Cameron's life, from young boy and aspiring AFL player, who only missed out on being drafted because of injury, to exemplary soldier and leader. Cameron's story and that of 4RAR and 2nd Commando personifies the courage and character of the men and women who go to war and will show us the good man we have lost.

About the Author

Ben Mckelvey is a freelance writer and editor from Sydney who has filed for Good Weekend, Gq, Voyeur, Rolling Stone, The Bulletin, Cosmo, Cleo And The Smh, Age And West Australian newspapers. Ben's previous gigs have included editing Sport&Style and Juice magazines, and working on the Sydney Morning Herald as a Senior Feature Writer. He has been embedded with the ADF in East Timor and Iraq, and has worked independently in Iran and Afghanistan.

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Well researched, with input from family and fellow soldiers, this is a worthy tribute to a good man, a selfless soldier and a genuine hero. - Qantas Magazine

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ISBN: 9780733636493
ISBN-10: 0733636497
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 19th October 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.0  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1