Military Musings

by Leonard J. Gill & Jack Niswanger



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/11/2003

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781553956549

About the Book

Entertaining tales of a Kenya Regiment soldier serving with the Kings African Rifles in anti-Mau-Mau terrorist operations. Amid the serious incidents, there are humorous and enchanting ancedotes of unforgettable characters.

The book covers the relationships Len had with his African troops and their experiences which led to mutual respect and comradeship.

Together they faced danger from terrorist ambushes, rogue animals and the cold, damp climate of high altitude and nutritionally inadequate diet.

Sensitive contacts with the civil population led to trust and friendship toward him and his soldiers.

About the Author

Born in Kenya, East Africa, of English parents in December 1930, Len lived there until 1989.

Even in a period of anti-Mau Mau Rebellion operations Len found sensitive and happy incidents among the hell of bloodshed and killing. Africans dubbed him with the nickname Mpenda raha (he who enjoys a good time). Len insists that a shot-glass of humor helps the worries go down. Len served with African troops. With them, Len matured in a way that enabled him to balance horror with humor.

Military Musings epitomizes Len's ability to relate with sensitivity and understanding his army adventures. He pulls no punches in tales of deadly serious conflict, but he mitigates these with merrier moments.

Len now lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado with his wife, Kaye and Shih-tzu, Bandit.