In 1920 the entire archive of official MI 7(b) documents was destroyed by government order, and begs the question – if all their work was meant for publication, to rally the public in support, what was the secret that caused it to be shredded? Was the need for these tales of heroism and propaganda far greater than history may acknowledge?
The archive was submitted to the Europeana 1914-1918 initiative by Jeremy Arter and are available under CC-BY SA. Explore the collection using this interactive map – double click/pinch to zoom into the map, shift and double click to zoom out – click on the dots to display the tale of the VC linked to that location. Alternatively you can view the map on Google Maps which will display place names.
The visualisation shows the locations where actions took place to receive the Victoria Cross (previously done for the post For Valour: The Victoria Cross) together with data from the archive in Europeana 1914-1918. The dataset is available in our Github account, along with the KML file.