Happy Odyssey

Happy Odyssey

Non-Fiction, History & Politics, Military History, The First World War
Paperback Published on: 01/05/2007
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Adrian Carton de Wiart's autobiography is one of the most remarkable of military memoirs. He was the son of a Belgian barrister, Leon Constant Ghislain Carton de Wiart (1854-1915). He, himself, was intended for the law, but abandoned his studies at Balliol College, Oxford, in 1899 to serve as a trooper in the South African War. He abandoned the law for all time on 14 September 1901 when he received a direct commission in the 4th Dragoon Guards. Carton de Wiart's extraordinary military career embraced service with the Somaliland Camel Corps (1914-15), liaison officer with Polish forces (1939), membership of the British Military Mission to Yugoslavia (1941), a period as a prisoner of war (1941-43), and three years as Churchill's representative to Chiang Kai-shek (1943-46). (Churchill was a great admirer.) During the Great War, besides commanding the 8th Glosters, Carton de Wiart was GOC 12 Brigade (1917) and GOC 105 Brigade (April 1918). Both these command were terminated by wounds.

He was wounded eight times during the war (including the loss of an eye and a hand), won the VC during the Batlle of the Somme, was mentioned in despatches six times, and was the model for Brigadier Ben Ritchie Hook in the Sword of Honour trilogy of Evelyn Waugh.

  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781844155392
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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Happy Odyssey
The least you can say about this person is that he indeed has lived an adventurous life, shedding random body parts hither and dither. Nevertheless the boo... READ MORE
Happy Odyssey
Fantastic story of an extraordinary life
Remarkable memories of one of the most awesome lives lived from the end of the Victorian era to the swinging sixties. Quite an outstanding individual.
Samuel Tilley
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A world beyond
An interesting book by a very interesting man , from a different time in a different world . Sir Adrian has very little regard for life of any kind , inclu... READ MORE
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