The Defending Officer's Dog: A Royal Engineer Abroad in the Second World War.
(By Jack H. H. Cripps (Author) and  Rose Shawe-Taylor (Illustrator)

A war memoir with a difference: a lively, unaffected account which focuses on aspects of the Second World War seldom in the spotlight.

After several months in charge of a Royal Engineer training section at Clitheroe in Lancashire, Jack Cripps was posted to Kenya in 1942 to train African troops. He was just 20 years old. His vivid account of his years in East Africa, Ceylon and India demonstrate his resourcefulness, compassion and sense of fun. The narrative cuts between the sombre and the hilarious, from disarming a berserk askari to rickshaw-racing, from driving a truckload of volatile wet gelignite to bicycling around a crowded dance floor at Lord Mountbatten's headquarters in Kandy. The backgrounds are vividly drawn: the cedar forests of Mount Kenya, the fleshpots of Mogadishu, the Ogaden desert, coconut plantations in Ceylon and a bridging camp on the Ganges. And, finally, the long journey home in 1946


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