HALF PAST WHEN by Hassoldt Davis


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Believing in the Fighting French, the author, with many a setback, finally joins them in the Congo, and -- not content with simply writing about them, is finally commissioned as an officer to fight with them. There are stories of new recruits, how they came to join up, the dangers they went through to reach their goal; of officers who trained and led them; the many, and varied ways in which they were of help to the Allies, despite obstacles in the way of their being used to best advantage. Here are the fields of action in the Congo, Somaliland, Madagascar, Syria, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia -- the feeling over the Allied landings in November 1943, the Darlan regime with its U.S. backing; the hazardous lives and intense patriotism of the men, life and death in the desert; Hails Selassie; Davis' blind dog Bill; his efforts to be military, to explain his allegiance to American soldiers; his meeting and interviewing all sorts of people...A very personal war accounting that lacks nothing of absorption in and admiration for the Fighting French, and gives a heartening report of their steadfastness. The text abounds in sketches, -- tragic, comic, sometimes vulgar. It is unfortunate that it could not have been published six or eight months earlier, for one feels that it misses the tide of interest, in days when news dates fast.

Publisher: Lippincott