A Soldier's Story - From the Khyber Pass to the Jungles of Burma, by John Archibald Hislop, subtitled 'The memoir of a British Army Officer in the Indian Army 1933-1947'
Book published by Newhaven Publishing in 2011, 276 pages. Paperback (N4202)
From the foreword: This book is the story of a bygone age, when young British men went to foreign lands to fight for King and Empire. These are the memories of one such soldier who went to India before the Second World War to defend the Empire. Stationed in the Khyber Pass and along the border with Afghanistan, many of the places he writes about feature in today's reports of the current conflict in this area.
This is not an account of famous battles, but a record of what everyday life was like for an officer in the Indian Army. This memoir allows you to get to know a way of life that has gone for good. Anecdotes, often amusing, reveal the personal detail of his life of derring-do which, in some ways, is a real ‘boys own’ adventure. Chapters include:
- Sandhurst and Ambala
- Shagai Fort and Landi Kotal
- Hyderabad, Sind
- Chaman, Baluchistan
- Fort Sandeman & Secunderabad, Deccan
- Malaya and Quetta
- Jullundur and Waziristan
- Burma - Part 1
- Burma - Part 2
The condition of the book is generally very good. The covers have one or two very minor scuffs but are clean and bright, the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.