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A Subaltern's Lament (Hardback)

Military Biography

By Harry Turner
Imprint: Pen & Sword Fiction
Pages: 295
ISBN: 9781526723673
Published: 17th January 2018

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Vienna 1954, nine years after the end of World War II and the victorious allies occupy the whole of Austria.

Newly commissioned national serviceman and Fulham boy, Rory Trenchard, joins his regiment, The Hambleshires, in Vienna at the very height of the Cold War

At nineteen he finds himself not only learning the tough art of soldiering alongside his platoon of Battle hardened Korean War veterans but is also exposed to the political machinations that exist between Britain and her Allies.

Vienna in 1954 is a dangerous place and in addition to honing his skills as a warrior he is trusted to act as a go-between when a senior KGB officer plans to defect to the west. He also falls in and out of love with an American girl and faces the choice of either just completing two years national service, or becoming a regular officer.

Vienna 1954, nine years after the end of World War II and the victorious allies occupy the whole of Austria, newly commissioned national serviceman and Fulham boy, Rory Trenchard, joins his regiment, The Hambleshires, in Vienna at the very height of the Cold War. At nineteen he finds himself not only learning the tough art of soldiering alongside his platoon of Battle hardened Korean War veterans but is also exposed to the political machinations that exist between Britain and her Allies. Vienna in 1954 is a dangerous place and in addition to honing his skills as a warrior he is trusted to act as a go-between when a senior KGB officer plans to defect to the west. He also falls in and out of love with an American girl and faces the choice of either just completing two years national service, or becoming a regular officer. An usual and inherently fascinating memoir that is impressively well written, organized and presented, "A Subaltern's Lament" is a very highly recommended addition to community and academic library 20th Century Military Biography & Memoir collections.

Midwest Book Review

About Harry Turner

Harry Turner was born in 1935 and served as a Second Lieutenant in the First Battalion of the Middlesex Regiment (The Diehards) from 1953 to 1955.

He was Managing Director of Television South West from 1985 to 1992 and a director of ITN Independent Television News from 1987 to 1992.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and author of ten previous books

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