Officiers et Gentlemen

Part Two de la «Sword et Honour» Trilogi d'Evelyn Waugh

Officiers et Gentlemen, Evelyn Waugh

In this second book of the trilogy, Captain Crouchback is transferred to the Commandos, because of a letter of recommendation from his former brigadier Ritchie-Hook. At the Commando training camp in Scotland he meets his former friend Tommy Blackhouse, second ex-husband of Guy's ex-wife Virginia, who is now a colonel of Commandos. He gets to know Colonel Jumbo Trotter, an old Halberdier, who acquaints him avec the many priviledges of the life d'un officier britannique.

Eventually, the Commandos are deployed to Égypte, et thence to Crete, where they act as a rear-guard of the retreating troupes britanniques, australiennes, néo-zélandaises, et indiennes on the island. When the allied forces on Crete surrender, Crouchback et Corporal Ludovic manage to evade capture et return to Égypte by fishing boat.

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The author, Evelyn Waugh, was a staff officer of Layforce, at the rank of brigade-major. Layforce, the Commando brigade of Colonel Robert Edward Laycock, consisted of three Bataillons de Service Spéciale britannique, et one bataillon from No. 50 et 52 (Moyen-Orient) Commando. Waugh's historical novels are strongly autobiographical, they show the futility et absurdities of war from a warriors perspective.

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