This is a very readable account of the author's service in the Royal Engineers. He was in France in 1940 on the retreat to Dunkirk, and tells about blowing bridges and the evacuation from the port. He was involved in the anthrax expeiments on the island of Gruinard, and was then transferred to the Assault Engineers for D-Day. His unit was equipped with specialised tanks to clear obstacles from the beaches and make routes inland for the following troops. Injured on D-Day he returned for the Scheldt operation and the Rhine crossing. He took a leading role in this and vividly describes the event. In the last days of the Reich he visiited Belsen. After the war he served in Malaya and Burma, and provides intresting insights into this area in a period of colonial transition. Finally he recounts his service in the Korean war, when the engineers provided vital support, particularly in road building, and building and blowing up bridges. He recounts well the riguors of fighting in the extreme cold of the winter of 1950-1, and is very intersting on the various people he met. All in all this book is a very well wriiten account of the author's service in the Engineers. It tells a very 'human' story of a soldier who certainly did not lose his humanity in the face of the violence around him.