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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys...: The Life of a Boy Soldier in India - A Brilliant Memoir of the Last Days of the Raj

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An unusual, vivid coming-of-age story and unforgettable autobiographical portrayal of the last days of the Indian Raj. "Pick up your parrots and monkeys, and fall in facing the boat" was the traditional order given to British soldiers heading home from India. William Pennington overheard the command when he arrived in India at the age of 17 to serve in the horse artillery. His compelling portrayal of army life extends from the 1930s to the Burma campaign in World War II, where Pennington fought the Japanese as an...
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London 2003 Hardcover First Edition Second Impression New in new jacket N. 414 pages. With sepia & coloured plates & map. Slight shelfwear. 'Pick up your parrots and monkeys, ... and fall in facing the boat' was the traditional last order given to a detachment of British soldiers heading home from India. William Pennington heard it from the 'old salts' he met on the docks as he arrived in India at the age of 15. Enlisted as a 'boy soldier', a bugler in the horse artillery, he served in the 1930s when the British Army in India was little changed from that described by Kipling. Pennington's compelling description of army life in the last days of the Raj is followed by an equally moving account of his experiences in the Burma campaign. Promoted from the ranks, he fought the Japanese as an artillery officer, specialising in forward observation: the most dangerous job in the jungle. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Asian History & Topography; Memoirs & Autobiographies; Second World War; Military History; 20th centu Read more Show Less

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An unusual, vivid coming-of-age story and unforgettable autobiographical portrayal of the last days of the Indian Raj. "Pick up your parrots and monkeys, and fall in facing the boat" was the traditional order given to British soldiers heading home from India. William Pennington overheard the command when he arrived in India at the age of 17 to serve in the horse artillery. His compelling portrayal of army life extends from the 1930s to the Burma campaign in World War II, where Pennington fought the Japanese as an artillery officer-the most dangerous job in the jungle.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780304365647
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/1/2003
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.47 (d)

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