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From the moment he arrived in Canterbury on 16 January 1942 for his basic infantry training, it was clear that Ustinov was almost preternaturally unsuited to being a soldier. A more browned-off conscript one could have hardly imagined. 39 He could not march. He could not drill. He could not apply blanco kit colouring with zeal or accomplishment. The laying out of his kit for inspection he found a particular ordeal; try as he might, it simply would not fit the prescribed geometrical patterns laid down by Army regulations.
Is considered by general consent to have a distinct vocation to defend his country. Contemporary Review, 18691 1 2 CHAPTER 1 COLONEL LAWRENCE AND COLONEL BLIMP The men had eaten nothing since breakfast, and as they huddled on the darkening hilltop, almost lost to sight within a miasma of sleet, their bellies groaned in misery. Dark brown woollen shirts and Khaki Drill shorts hung from their bodies like slats of frozen cardboard. The wind, driving up the valley from the north, pummelled at their raw skin.
20 For millions of young Britons, life between the wars had been about radio serials and cinema matinees, dance halls and motorcycles, small families, paid holidays and indoor plumbing. None of this was a particularly good preparation for soldiering and all of its Victorian assumptions. 21 It was unclear how many of them would manage the transition. Thinking of the boys who had been called up from her home village of Tadworth on the Epsom Downs, housewife Tilly Rice tried and failed to visualize them as soldiers.