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Time and the Hour

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Part 1 Initiation, 1937-39: voyage to "The Coast"; colonial Lagos; a change of course; into the north at last; Katsina - province in the bush; administering the Lugard legacy; disillusion and hope; bush life is better; locusts, cattle and humans; rivers, nomads and war. Part 2 A taste of army life, 1939-42: joining the regiment; Sahara, home and Bletchley; round the Cape to Kenya; towards Somaliland; training with monkeys and crocodiles; to Mogadishu without love; preparing for action; Marda Pass - an impromptu battle; into Ethiopia; liaising with Italians; the Omo Gorge; a Blue Nile tributary; the regiment goes home; farewell to arms. Part 3 Muslims, tribes and the secretariat: quick march to Bornu; worthwhile work and agreeable associates; prematurely a DO; personalities and problems; relieving an outpost - Nguru; sand and swamp; a remote work-station; a wife to the rescue; Yola is worse than Katsina; escape to independence - Numan; anthropologists' paradise; final scenes and farewell; return and a postscript.

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