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Bugles and a Tiger by John Masters
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A delight from cover to cover.
This and a more recent publication (Frontier Fighters by Walter Cummings) cover much of the same ground. Masters served with the Ghurkas from 1935, Cummings with the South Waziristan Scouts from 1917. Frontier soldiering did not change much over the two decades covered by the two books, and arguably has little changed to the present day.
Both authors were from English families with histories of long service in India. Cummings was a soldier and writes as a soldier, this is the book you want to read if you need to know about piqueting and patroling. Masters too was a soldier, but he writes as the novelist he later became. He gives colour ,warmth, humour and introspection between periods of fierce action. If you only read one of these books, and both are highly recommended, then it should be Bugles and a Tiger. ( )
  JenIanB | Jul 12, 2010 |
Excellent book on India, the Indian Army, Britain in India. One of the books I have read multiple times. ( )
  dzoss | Apr 6, 2008 |
Wonderfully written memoir; reading this was the first time I understood what staff officers did. ( )
  gmenchen | Aug 1, 2006 |
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