1st ed., 1978. 373 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. The story of George Oakwood, a third generation soldier from Birmingham, born in 1854. A private in the Ashanti War, he rose to sergeant major, fighting in the Boer War, and beginning to have doubts about his chosen career. Seduced by an officer’s wife and bayoneting wounded Africans in the jungle of the Gold Coast, Oakwood’s character is colourful. The author presents a rich saga of military life at the turning point brought by the introduction of the Cardwell reforms. He shows us the army, at war and at peace, at work and its sometimes coarse and primitive recreations.