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Stuart Waters.

Hamilton, Potlatch Publications, c1981.
170pp, paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-919676-27-8.

Grades 9 and up.
Reviewed by Alfred F. Greenwood.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

In England, on Sept. 1, 1939, Stuart Waters enlisted in the Royal Artillery at the headquarters of the local anti-aircraft battery. Six years and three months later, he was demobilized at Dover. In the interim, he had travelled half around the world: Norway, Gibraltar, around Africa to Egypt, Libya, Palestine and Syria, and after the war to Germany, plus many side-trips.

Although the author took part in some battles, notably Norway and North Africa, this autobiography is very light on swash, buckle and derring-do. Rather, Waters, who eventually reached the rank of captain, is an astute observer of institutions, people, and the environment. His insight into the military mind-good, bad, and indifferent—Allied or Axis, makes this book a good read. Maps for each chapter save the old buffs from running to their atlases, and the sometimes tongue-in-cheek humour evokes many a reminiscent chuckle.

Waters taught in England until 1945 when he emigrated to Canada and joined the staff of Hillfield-Strathallan College. He retired in 1977 and currently lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

Alfred F. Greenwood, Victoria, BC.
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