By Keith Douglas
'This is the one publication from the second one global struggle related with the first-war narratives of Sassoon, Blunden or Graves... while the conflict of El Alamein all started, the poet Keith Douglas used to be in Cairo with Divisional HQ. keen to not omit the motion, he took a truck and, opposed to orders, drove to re-join his regiment. He served as a tank commander in the course of the complete of the allied boost throughout North Africa, and Alamein to Zem Zem (1946) is his tale. Boyishness and inexperience provide it flash-bulb immediacy... Scenes of unforgettable pity and terror unfold... every little thing, from flora carpeting the desolate tract in wintry weather to vanquished enemies, is obvious with a poet's eye and the generosity of youth.' John Carey, Guardian
This Faber reveals variation of Keith Douglas's vintage paintings - initially released years after his demise in Normandy in 1944 - encompasses a new preface via the novelist Richard Skinner.
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PHILIPPINES JAPANESE ADVANCING during the drive on Manila. The medium tank is a Type 94 (1934), with a 57-mm. gun with a free traverse of 20 degrees right and left. It had a speed of 18 to 20 miles an hour, was manned by a crew of 4, weighed 15 tons, and was powered by a diesel engine. 33 34 PHILIPPINES CAMOUFLAGED 155-MM. GUN M1918 (GPF) parked on the Gerona–Tarlac road, December 1941. S. troops to withdraw to the south. S. troops were driven back ten miles to Gapan. After another enemy attack they fell back twenty miles farther.
S. forces in the Philippines went on a full war alert. S. troops there. PHILIPPINES LOADING A BAMBOO RAFT before crossing a river during maneuvers (top), troops and mules preparing to swim a river (bottom). S. S. personnel. The remainder were Philippine scouts, constabulary, and Philippine Army troops. As in the Hawaiian garrison, the hastily mobilized army lacked training and modern equipment. 27 28 PHILIPPINES ENGINEER TROOPS stand ready to place sections of a ponton bridge in position during a river-crossing maneuver in the Philippines, 1941.
The forces on Corregidor held their f ire until the captured Bataan troops were removed from the area. ) PHILIPPINES U. S. PRISONERS ON BATAAN sorting equipment while Japanese guards look on. Following this, the Americans and Filipinos started on the Death March to Camp O’Donnell in central Luzon. Over 50,000 prisoners were held at this camp. S. troops escaped capture and carried on as guerrillas. 45 46 PHILIPPINES SOLDIERS IN MALINTA TUNNEL on Corregidor, April 1942. S. troops was all but hopeless.
Alamein to Zem Zem by Keith Douglas