From the Foreword by Lord Hailsham:
If anyone wants to know what it was like to serve in the ranks of the Army, first as a conscripted soldier in Winchester and then Tidworth, and thereafter via Liverpool, and round the Cape to the Middle East from 1940 to Alamein and then to Tunis, I can thoroughly recommend this book.
I found it absolutely enthralling. It is written in easy, conversational English, made all the more colourful by occasional glimpses of the jargon of the Middle East forces when talking amongst themselves; and all the more exciting because founded in a contemporary diary and other papers written at the time. It is all here, the dust storms, the discomforts, the wounds and the battle scenes.
Albert Martin joined the Rifle Brigade in February 1940 and takes his story through to l943 when he became an instructor Sergeant at the Infantry Base at Geneifa. For all those who want to know what it was really like to be there, reading this book will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.