By Evelyn Waugh

Fueled through idealism and eagerness to give a contribution to the warfare attempt, man Crouchback turns into connected to a commando unit present process education at the Hebridean isle of Mugg, the place the whisky flows freely and admire has to be paid to the laird. however the comedy of Mugg is quickly through the bitterness of Crete, the place chaos reigns and a tricky evacuation has to be accomplished.
Officers and Gentlemen is the second one novel in Waugh's exceptional Sword of Honor trilogy recording the tumultuous wartime adventures of man Crouchback ("the most interesting paintings of fiction in English to emerge from international battle II" -Atlantic Monthly), which additionally contains Men at hands and Unconditional Surrender.

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