Crawford, Driver R. J.


3rd imp., before publication, 1944. 86 pp. 8 photo-plates + fldg., map. Green cloth; 18 x 13cm. V.G. This is a personal story of life in the Western desert during World War II, told by a driver of the RASC. Wounded at Dunkirk in 1940, the author was recommended for mention in dispatches but the action was never recorded. In August 1941 he went overseas with the 1st Armoured Division. The long trip via the Cape to Egypt was followed by a period of preparation for the Western Desert. Christmas, 1941, was spent at El Adem, where he had his first baptism of desert warfare. He came back with the remainder of the British Army on their retreat of June, 1942, and was blown up by a bomb at Euka in which nine men were killed and the author remained virtually unconscious for the next twenty-eight days but made sufficient recovery to be returned to England as a Category "C" soldier, that is, one unfit for foreign service.

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