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Sir Bernard Fergusson "The Trumpet In The Hall".
A 286 page hardbound book with dust-wrapper published by Collins in 1970, 1st edition.
ISBN: 0002118254.
The book is slightly canted. The edges are very lightly tanned & there are two initials in felt tip pen at top of end paper inside front cover. I would rate it "Good Plus'.
The price clipped dust-wrapper has wear & discolouration & some chipping at top & bottom of spine. I would rate it "fair".

I remember when Sir Bernard was appointed as Governor General of NZ & asking my Father (ex WW2 POW), who is this monocled, pudgy faced Aristocrat? My father told me to go away & find out about him for myself. I had to eat humble pie when I found out what kind of man he really was.

Bernard Fergusson is an intellectual, a romantic and an apparent hippophobe- hardly, one might think the characteristics most suitable for an officers' mess. Yet from his arrival at Sandhurst in 1930, and subsequent commission into The Black Watch, he knew he had found not just a job but a vocation. His career was usually unconventional, and sometimes lurid. After a spell as ADC to Wavell, he served before the war as an Intelligence Officer in Palestine, then after a plain-clothes mission in Turkey, fought in Syria against the Vichy French.

The siege of Tobruk was followed by the dramatic ordeal of Wingate's campaigns in Burma. A second spell in Palestine, the early days of NATO and a tragi-comic epilogue-in charge of psychological warfare during the Suez operation-concluded his military career. The book ends in 1958, when he sent in his papers: but his life has continued eventful, and has included five crowded years as Governor-General of New Zealand. Bernard Fergusson is by no means uncritical of his chosen service, yet it is doubtful whether the colour, the humour, even the joy of a soldier's life have ever been more vividly conveyed. Please click here to ask a question
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