Slim’s – Unofficial History

Posted on July 29, 2007. Filed under: Books |

Britains Lieutenant General Sir William J Slim Editorial Stock ...

To pass the time in between catching planes, Slim decides to stroll into a Military Library  and decides to read the Official tome of a campaign in which he had participated.

Alas, having searched it out, he is appalled to see that all it had to say was, “Advance was resumed against light opposition”!!!

Noting that it was not quite like that, he decides to chronicle things in an ‘Unofficial History’.

And he apologises in the foreword for treating too lightly the grim horrors of war – “I plead guilty to a fault or is it a virtue, that has for centuries characterized the common soldier and without which there would be lesser honours emblazoned on Regimental Colors”.

And one by one he goes onto tell his stories, all roaring good fun. Had he not been such a great soldier, what a short story writer he would have made!

There is much the Yanks and we Indians, can glean from the thought of this amazing man.

As an example he notes that all Battles he has fought have had two things in common viz they are alwaye uphill and aways at the junction of two or more maps!

Beneath the light stuff are enduring Truths for the Ages …

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