Author Releases Climbing the Army Ladder

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A vibrant representation of a colourful life in military service.

An intimately riveting odyssey of life awaits every book enthusiast as retired Army Officer Brig John Gray releases, through Xlibris, Climbing the Army Ladder. Reliving enduring memories of a challenging and memorable past, this book provides a glimpse of the author’s colourful and exciting military life.

Climbing the Army Ladder is an intimate and vivid portrait of Gray’s fascinating life spent serving around the world during thirty-three years in the British Army. It is an absorbing account of a career from humble beginning at the end of the Second World War, through colourful and at times unique experiences, as he progressed up the army ladder. The chapters give a lighthearted account of his unique experiences, full of interesting facts and personalities with hugely amusing incidents and anecdotes.

The book depicts a marvellously varied life, mostly serving alongside soldiers of other nations, often as a key figure in events that were vitally important at the time. He was responsible for the formation and review of defence forces around the world, often living in the countries concerned dealing with the complexities of foreign customs and politics. Gray also tells the story of being on active service in the jungles of Malaya, and also in Borneo and in Northern Ireland at the height of the ‘troubles’.

This is a must-read book for anyone who was in the British Army during the immediate post-war years at the height of the Cold War and the aftermath of Britain granting independence to many of its former colonies and protectorates. It will also appeal to anyone who wishes to know more about army life in those far-off days.

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About the Author
Brig John Gray was born in 1927 and educated in England. He was in the British Army for thirty-three years, on loan service with Indian, Malay, Gurkha, Arab and African soldiers in addition to the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, his British Regiment. He fought in the Malayan anti-terrorist campaign for five years in the 1950s with the Malay Regiment and in the Borneo campaign against Indonesian insurgents, with the Brigade of Gurkhas. He formed from scratch the First Infantry Regiment of the Abu Dhabi Defence Force and also the British Army training team in Malawi. A graduate of the British Army Staff College, John held many staff appointments including assistant chief of staff in Northern Ireland for over two years in the mid-1970s. His final army appointment was in the Ministry of Defence. Taking early retirement as a brigadier in 1980, he set up a business in southern Africa. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and has business interests in Botswana, Swaziland and Singapore. He is married to his second wife with a daughter born in October 1999 and has a son, a daughter and five grandchildren from his first marriage. Although eighty-three years old, he is very fit and his main recreational activities are reading, wine tasting and golf.

Climbing the Army Ladder * by Brig John Gray
Publication Date: June 23, 2010
Trade Paperback; UK£13.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4500-7894-8
Trade Hardback; UK£23.99; 268 pages; 978-1-4500-7895-5
Ebook; UK£8; 978-1-4500-7896-2

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