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
Title SIX CAMPAIGNS: NATIONAL SERVICEMEN ON ACTIVE SERVICE 1948-1960.
Binding Hard Cover
Book Condition Very Good+
Jacket Condition Very Good+
Edition First Edition
Publisher London Leo Cooper 1993
0850523206 / 9780850523201
Seller ID 16394
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.