Officers and Gentlemen
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Published 1955 by Chapman + Hall
Blue cloth, gilt titles
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Officers and Gentlemen completes Men at Arms. I thought at first that the story would run into three volumes. I find that two will do the trick. If I keep my faculties I hope to follow the fortunes of the characters through the whole of their war, but these first two books constitute a whole. They cover the period of the Russo-German alliance, after which the Second World War entirely changed character. Men at Arms ended with the death of Apthorpe. Officers and Gentlemen begins with the placation of his spirit, a ritual preparation for the descent into the nether world of Crete. Men at Arms began with its hero inspired by illusion. Officers and Gentlemen ends with his deflation.