169 pp, large 8vo (9 7/16" H). Maps. "Between the years 1948 and 1960, British armed forces were involved in six campaigns overseas, in Malaya, Korea, Cyprus, Suez and South Arabia. In order to provide the manpower for these operations, fixed-term universal male peacetime conscription was instituted for the only time in this country's history. Of the million and a half men called up on reaching the age of eighteen, about a hundred and twenty-five thousand, or one in twelve, served in an active theatre of operations, for which a campaign medal was awarded. This book consists of the reminiscences of twenty-three of these men, who each served in one, or in some cases two, of the six campaigns. They recall, often with some emotion, their service in far-off places, against largely invisible enemies, in pursuit of aims which remain obscure to this day. They remember the brutality, the hardship, the excitement and the humour of an experience which for all of them appears to have been an important, if sometimes painful, part of the process of growing up. They also record, in many cases, the indifference, both personal and official, with which they were treated on their return home, and this book represents an attempt, however small and belated, to set straight the record regarding the achievements of these 'virgin soldiers'." Very light browning to top of textblock, small ghost sticker mark on front pastedown. Dust jacket has very minor edge wrinkling, very light rubbing - mainly on rear panel.


Author Name: Walker, Adrian. (Neil Ascherson, Pat Baker, Bill Billings, George Brown, Gordon Butt, Leo Campbell, Roger Davies, Ian Edwards, Rex Flowers, Robert Gretton, Ron Harper, David Hartley, Ron Hawkes, Brian Hughes, Tom King, Owen Parfitt, Alun Pask, et a

Categories: British History, Military - British: General, Military - Post WWII,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, Leo Cooper: 1993

ISBN Number: 0850523206

ISBN Number 13: 9780850523201

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Seller ID: 16394

Keywords: Eddie Percival, Peter Robinson, Geoffrey Saunders, Philip Shepheard, Walter Smith, Mike Webb, Malaya, Cyprus, Aden, Korea, Suez, Kenya, Parachute Regiment, Marine Commandos, Royal Signals, RAF, Engineers, Medical Corps, Irish Fusiliers, Greenjackets,