Leo Cooper, 1st ed., 1975. 185 pp. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Small owner’s insc., o/w FINE. Alfred Hale, "a minor musician…endowed with a degree of physical ineptitude," nevertheless could not avoid being caught, at the age of forty, in the clutches of Lord Derby’s recruiting scheme, ending up as a batman in the Royal Flying Corps. Two years after his demobilization, Hale purged his soul of the humiliation he had undergone by committing his experiences to paper, thereby bequeathing to posterity a remarkable military memoir in which his observation of his fellow men is as acute as it is devastating.