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Sword of honour

By: Waugh, Evelyn

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0141193557 / 9780141193557
Hardback
823.912
01/12/2011
Stock expected by 14/12/2019
England
Classics
20 cm ix, 899 p.
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Chapman & Hall, 1965. Contents: Men at arms. London: Chapman & Hall, 1952 -- Officers and gentlemen. London: Chapman & Hall, 1955 -- Unconditional surrender. London: Chapman & Hall, 1961.

Waugh's own unhappy experience of being a soldier is superbly re-enacted in this story of Guy Crouchback, a Catholic and a gentleman, commissioned into the Royal Corps of Halberdiers during the war years 1939-45.

High comedy - in the company of Brigadier Ritchie-Hook or the denizens of Bellamy's Club - is only part of the shambles of Crouchback's war.

When action comes in Crete and in Yugoslavia, he discovers not heroism, but humanity. Sword of Honour combines three volumes: Officers and Gentlemen, Men at Arms and Unconditional Surrender, which were originally published separately.

Extensively revised by Waugh, they were published as the one-volume Sword of Honour in 1965, in the form in which Waugh himself wished them to be read.

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FC Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

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