Wars and Shadows: Memoirs of General Sir David Fraser

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A&C Black, Dec 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
This exceptional memoir by one of Britain's most distinguished living soldiers describes a life lived against the backdrop of the most significant military events of the last century. David Fraser was raised in a military family deep in the shadow of the First World War. He absconded from school to enlist at the earliest possible moment after the Second was declared. He was intimately involved afterwards in crises in Suez, Cyprus and Malaya, and eventually became Vice Chief of the General Staff.

Wars and Shadows is one of the last notable memoirs of the great conflict in the middle of the last century. It evokes the lives and characters of many of those who fought - and, often, lost their lives - vividly and tenderly. Like the very best memoirs, as well as entertaining us, it also allows us to reflect on how we might have reacted in similar circumstances to those the author faced, and whether eventually we might be able to give an account even half so satisfying as this of our own lives and times.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Part
A Melancholy Radiance
Northern Lights
Figures in the Foreground
Foreigners and Others
A Long Summer Afternoon
Part
Time of Preparation
The End of Waiting
Norman Summer
To the Last Breath of Man and Beast
Farewell to Armour
Part Three
No War No Peace 14 Times of Turbulence
Allies and Reflections

Waiting in an AnteRoom
Uniform at Last

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About the author (2011)

General Sir David Fraser, born 1920, was educated at Eton and then Christ Church College, Oxford. In 1940 he enlisted to join his father's regiment the Grenadier Guards and remained in the army, eventually reaching status of KCB (Knight's Commander of Bath) in 1973.

His 1985 biography of Alan Brooke, the foremost military advisor to Prime Minister Winston Churchill confirmed Fraser's status as a military historian. He wrote a total of 21 books, many of which are non-fiction works about his experiences in the British army and the Conflicts in Europe in the twentieth century. His work And We Shall Shock Them All breaks down all elements of the combat from high end strategy to on the ground battles and victories, a work that also shows how the seeds of World War II were sown at the end of the previous war, twenty-one years earlier.

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