This book tells the little-known story of the work involved in setting up an engineering organisation capable of supporting Russian military activity in WWII in the Middle East. A massive effort by British sappers meant that the Allies were able to supply Russia with vital munitions (over 5 million tons), which materially assisted in stemming the German onslaught and turning the tide of the War. This is a 'nuts and bolts' story, crediting the 'backroom' work of very brave men who are seldom remembered in military histories.
Wilfrid H Adcock was commissioned in the RNVR at the age of 17, in World War I, serving on the Dover Patrol, and in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. After the war he went to University where he obtained a commission in the Territorial Army. He then was commissioned in the India Reserve of Officers (Gurkha Rifles, 3rd Indian Division Signals, & Engineers), and served as a trooper in the Calcutta Light Horse. In WWII he saw service in India, Persia and Iraq, and finally in Egypt. He wrote 'Sappers' while working as a Director of GEC in Bombay.
Our book is in very nice condition, with a good, unclipped, dust jacket which shows only minor signs of age - a few chips, and some general grubbiness. The book itself, bound in brown cloth with black titles etc on the spine, is in 'almost new' condition externally, and inside, the binding is firm with no loose pages; all pages clean and bright; illustrations and folding diagrams present; no foxing. Author's signature in bright blue ink on reverse of frontispiece.