1st ed., 1958. Xiv + 145 pp., frontis., + photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14.5cm. V.G.+. Evelyn Waugh, in his introduction to this book, argues that few chroniclers of second-line troops in the Second World War have been cynics, presenting a fantastic world of crooks, lunatics and shirkers. Fireside Fusilier gives a humane and modest account of the way in which more than half the armed forces spent their years of service. Esprit de corps tends to degenerate into contempt for others – the adventurers despising the staff. This book is a healthy corrective to this mood.