STANFORD, J.K. Tail of an Army

London, Phoenix House, 1966.


8vo. Green cloth, gilt stamped, with pictorial dust jacket; pp. [vi], 218; minor foxing to fore edge, otherwise a very good copy.

First Edition. Autobiographical segment covering 1939-1945, when the author served in the armed forces [Royal Army Ordnance Corps] and kept watch over the various and sundry operations necessary to supply armies stretching through Europe to Africa. As part of his work, he investigated suspicious embezzlement and skimming of resources, attempting to uncover illegal workshops cannibalizing stolen army goods.This, in conjunction with his droll commentary on international relations [and an amusing incident where a gun is pointed at King Farouk of Egypt], makes for an educational and midly satirical chapter in Stanford's prolific writings.