Wilson, Lieut.-General Sir James.


Barnsley, 1st ed., 2002. X + 278 pp., 34 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. In this absorbing memoir the author has selected six episodes from his military career and related them in detail. He describes his experiences fighting in Tunisia and Italy as a young Rifle Brigade officer, where he won an MC and was Mentioned in Despatches. After the War, he was in India and later Pakistan, as Private Secretary to the C-in-C, at and after Partition. His account of this dangerous period provides a unique insight into the characters of the main players involved. Equally fresh and instructive are his recollections as, first, Chief of Staff and, later, Commander of the UN peacekeeping operation in Cyprus in the mid-1960's. He describes how he developed a close relationship with Archbishop Makarious but for whose indecisive nature, the author assesses the situation on that still divided island might be very different today.

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