Trial By Battle

David Piper

Trial By Battle

David Piper

Distributed for Imperial War Museum

176 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 9781912423088 Published September 2020 For Sale in USA and Canada Only

The throb and racket of the final Japanese attack had begun a mile or so away. Arcs of fire, red, yellow, orange, streamed across the sky; flares splashed glaring whiter and brighter than the moon, and sank slow as thistledown. The display raged in brilliant and beautiful violence, seeming to come from fore and aft of the position they had just abandoned, for perhaps twenty minutes, half an hour—then, over the deep clamor of explosives, there came the howl, thinned by distance but piercing eardrums like a glacier wind, of the Japanese infantry going in for the kill.

October 1941. Twenty-one-year-old Alan Mart is posted to India and taken under the wing of the dogmatic, overbearing acting captain Sam Holl. Following the Japanese advance on Singapore, the men are deployed to Malaya. What follows is a searing, quietly shattering depiction of the futility of war.

Review Quotes
Radio Times
"A visceral depiction of the claustrophobia of jungle warfare."
William Boyd
"A tremendous rediscovery of a brilliant novel. Extremely well written, its effects are both sophisticated and visceral. Remarkable."
V. S. Naipaul
"One of the most absorbing and painful books about jungle warfare that I have read."
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