1st ed., 1945. Viii + 142 pp. D.j., 19 x 12cm. V.G.+. Desert Episode is an attempt to describe the life of an infantry battalion in the Western Desert just before, and during, the first night of the Battle of El Alamein. It records the daily experiences of men who learned to accept the inevitable, the heat, the flies, the lack of water, the homesickness, the fear of being killed, and who at last overcame all these – and the Afrika Korps, too – in the fierce months that made an Army famous, lost Italy an empire, and gave Germany the first of many defeats at the hands of English and Empire soldiers. The book also attempts to show some aspects of the fear that every man has before going into action and the counterside of heroic deeds.