- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Paladin; New edition edition (19 Nov. 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586085947
- ISBN-13: 978-0586085943
- Package Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,357,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Trial by Battle (Paladin Books) Paperback – 19 Nov 1987
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Alan Mart was one of the men trapped in the holocaust. A few months before he had been a student at Cambridge: now, with the rubber plantations strewn with charred tanks and shattered bodies he was on trial by battle.
Goaded by his commanding officer, Captain Holl, by the ceaseless assault of ants and mosquitoes, and by the imminence of sudden death, Alan Mart was transformed into the snarling animal that Holl would describe as 'a good soldier'. Fear and shock obliterated the frontiers between cowardice and bravery, until Alan was ready to throw away his own life in an act of meaningless heroism."
Novel of the Malayan Campaign in the Second World War. My copy includes an introduction by the noted English critic Frank Kermode, who encourages people who don't read war novels to read this.