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Pick Up Your Parrots and Monkeys: The Life of Boy Soldier in India
Enlisted as a 'boy soldier', William Pennington served in the 1930s when the British Army in India was little changed from that described by Kipling. Pennington's description of army life in the last days of the Raj is followed by an account of his experiences in the Burma campaign.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Phoenix
(first published October 1st 2003)
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I did think that the young man in question might be different from the main soldier but no he was just as bad. He seemed to think he should have the same outlook as everyone else and barely tried to see things from another perspective. No wonder the Indians wanted the British out of the country. All the soldiers could do was swear and call the inhabitants any sort of names. I think my family was possibly a rare exception, that they married into the populace and stayed until the third and in some ...more