Bengal Lancer by F. Yeats-Brown

Published 1930: Hardcover / Good Condition

Original red cloth no jacket. 288 clean and bright pages, previous owners signature on the first free page dated Xmas 30. Slight fading and rubbing on boards consistent with age.

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Yeats-Brown was born in Genoa, the son of a British diplomat. He studied at Harrow and Sandhurst. When he was 20, he went to India where he was attached to the King's Royal Rifle Corps at Bareilly in present-day Uttar Pradesh. He was then transferred to the cavalry and sent to the perennially turbulent North West Frontier region. His time there engendered in him a sympathy for the Muslim point of view, and in later years he would support the creation of an independent Pakistan. During the First World War, Yeats-Brown saw action in France and in Mesopotamia, where he was a member of the Royal Flying Corps. His acts of bravery gained him the DFC. In 1915, his plane was damaged on landing on a sabotage mission outside Baghdad, and he spent the following two years as a prisoner of war. This provided the material for his first book Caught by the Turks (1919). Following a temporary commission in the Royal Air Force he returned to the Indian Army in August 1919. He retired from the army in 1924, and joined the staff of the Spectator magazine as assistant editor. He quit the post in 1928. Bengal Lancer, his most famous book, was published in 1930. The book is a memoir of Yeats-Brown's time in India from 1905 to 1914, with an emphasis on cantonment life at and around Bareilly. An immediate hit with readers and critics, the book won the James Tait Black Award that year, and was turned into a successful 1935 film of the same name, starring Gary Cooper.

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