The story of the Battle of France, the ""war without music"" fought grimly by the soldiers and lost before it began through the treachery of the old men at the head of the governments. Muir was an officer in the American Field Service, and these were his experiences with that volunteer Red Cross unit, from the opening days of the war, through service at the front at Beauvais, Amiens, Crevecoeur, through the pitiful retreat, and culminating in capture at the hands of the Nazi advance guard. This is one of the first of this war's mud -- and -- blood books. It has its share of havoc and death and loyalty and courage and humor. Muir outwitted his captors and escaped, and is now in America. Swift paced, casual and interesting record of a gallant group.