One Man's Desert: The Story of Captain Pip Gardner, VC, MC - Rex WoodsLondon: William Kimber, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Top edge of the text block lightly spotted.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps;
From the cover: “One Man’s Desert is a personal story of the Western Desert campaign as experienced by one of its most famous, yet unassuming, heroes and his subsequent resourceful escape and bid for freedom from captivity in Italy.
Captain Philip Gardner, VC, MC, was an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment involved in the Middle East fighting during 1941 and 1942. His achievements include the winning of the Military Cross at Halfaya Pass in 1941 and the Victoria Cross during the break-out from Tobruk later in the same year. He miraculously survived this heroic action to receive his award from General Auchinleck. His desert war came to an abrupt end in June 1942 when, along with 30,000 other dismayed troops, he found himself part of the mass surrender of the Tobruk garrison to Rommel and the panzers of the Afrika Korps.
But ‘Pip’ Gardner’s capture paved the way for further adventures on his escape after the Italian armistice of September 1943. He encountered remarkable evasion dangers as he made his way through Italy down to Rome, to be recaptured by chance while in hiding with the local resistance. He was transferred to Germany in time to witness the eclipse of the Third Reich and had the unwelcome experience of Allied bombs falling about him.
For the first time Rex Woods tells the full story of ‘Pip’ Gardner’s achievements, without embellishment or exaggeration, and records the ebb and flow of the desert war from 1940 to 1942 in doing so.”