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This is a second-hand soft-cover book. Signed by the author and addressed to Commodore J.P. Vallant, CBE. There is a small card in the book saying: To Commodore Joffre P. Vallant with our compliments best wishes from the RNZN National Cruiser Reunion 2000.

Condition: The cover has light surface rubbing, and colour wear. There is a small light bump to the top edge of the spine. The rest of the book has no faults. The pages are clean and bright.

The dimensions: 168 x 237 mm
Pages: 166
Publisher: Frederick A.J. Ogilwy
Publication date: 1994 first edition


Load, Load, Load - A Royal Marine's War
By Frederick A.J. Ogilwy

This is Frederick A.J. Ogilwy's story of war and peace. War, it has been said is 99% boredom and 1% intense activity. As we discover in this book, war is also about humour, tragedy and intense personal experiences. So often, books about war are written from the point of view of the Generals or the Admirals or by historians trying to set the record straight as they see it. Only in recent years, has it become fashionable to give the non-commissioned officer's version of modern war. Fred's personal insights provide a telling reminder that, ultimately, war is about people killing people.

Born in London in 1912, Fred worked as a messenger before joining H.M. Royal Marines at age 17 without telling his parents. The next 21 years saw him serving in the peacetime navy and during World War II on board ships in the North Sea, the Fiords of Norway, the Mediterranean and Crete, the United States and with the 42 Commando in Malta and Egypt and later the Palestine. In 1951, Fred and his family arrived in New Zealand as new immigrants in the post-war period.


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