To WALTER WILLIS for all the reasons usually mentioned in a Dedication, and more
When Warren had been taken as a prisoner of war along with the other survivors of the erroneously named Victorious, he had thought he knew what to expect - his expectations being based on the knowledge of how enemy prisoners were handled by his own side.
It was the sight of a roomful of Civilians standing rigidly at attention while the Fleet Commander, old man Peters himself, tore off a salute to the Marshal which was the tightest, smartest and most plainly the most respectful salute that Kelso had ever seen.
The aliens had a simple method of dealing with captured prisoners. They put them all on an Earth-type planet, with a satellite as monitor, and left them to fend for themselves! Some wanted to escape, and made the most elaborate plans. Others married female officers, built a house, started to farm and virtually forgot about Earth and the War.
BUT WHEN THE SECTOR MARSHALL ARRIVED HE HAD TO AVERT A CIVIL WAR AMONGST THE PRISONERS! (from the beginning of the book)