'An important contribution to the literature of the war. I would certainly buy this book even if I had not been sent a review copy, and whenever I get too misty-eyed about officer-man relationships I shall reread it to remind me of how badly things could go wrong. And of just how vital it is, for any democratic society seeking to use war as an instrument of policy, to ensure that the connection between war's means and its political ends is crystal clear.' -- Richard Holmes, The Evening Standard
From the Publisher
Contrary to comments made in some reader reviews, Ronald Skirth's memoirs have NOT been withdrawn from public access by the Imperial War Museum. The papers can still be found in the Museum's documents collection - a rich resource of diaries, letters and memoirs, reflecting the many and varied personal thoughts, opinions, beliefs and wartime experiences of thousands of people who have been involved in conflict.