||I was born in North Finchley, emigrated with my
parents to Natal, South Africa and fought with the Natal
Mounted Rifles, volunteering in 1939 at age sixteen.
My regiment faced Axis forces progressively on five fronts -
in Kenya, Central Abyssinia, The Western Desert in Egypt and
Cyrenaica and Italy.
With almost six years of active service and convalescence I
came to understand the psychology of men at bay through
first-hand experience and the dynamics of acute and sustained
terror. War evoked in me both curiosity and discovery,
leading to the