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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys. and fall in facing the boats By William Pennington

Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys. and fall in facing the boats
by William Pennington

This is the story of a boy soldier in India: a coming-of-age story with horse artillery.

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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys. and fall in facing the boats Summary


'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.

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GOR001599391
Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys. and fall in facing the boats
William Pennington
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Orion Publishing Co
2003-06-26
416
0304365645
9780304365647
N/A
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