by T. D. G. Teare
Hodder & Stoughton, 1954, 8 b/w plates,
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, previous owners inscriptions on inside front cover and front endpaper, dustjacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, bumping, chipping and creasing, closed tears a little discolouration (see photographs)
'T. D. G. Teare was born in Essex, the son of a country headmaster; the family moved to Yorkshire and finally to the outskirts of Liverpool. At the age of fifteen he joined the RAF against the wishes of his parents and was discharged three months later. In 1940, at the age of nineteen, his home having been destroyed by enemy action, he re-joined the RAF, went to Canada for flying training, and was posted to Bomber Command on his return to England. he took part in raids on Berlin, Hamburg, and several of the heavily defended German industrial targets, and also in operations across the Alps to Italy.
Finding difficulty in adapting himself to civilian life after demobilisation, he eventually joined the Lancashire Fire Brigade, and wrote this book during tours of night duty; but as he attended insufficient fires to satisfy his enthusiasm he left to enter private business. he uses the knowledge gained on French farms to run his own smallholding, has revisited France on various occasions, and has had the pleasure of entertaining in his own home several of the people who helped him to evade capture.'