A Subaltern's Lament

Harry Turner

Date Published :
February 2018
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Vienna 1954, nine years after the end of World War II and the victorious allies occupy the whole of Austria. 

Newly commissioned national serviceman and Fulham boy, Rory Trenchard, joins his regiment, The Hambleshires, in Vienna at the very height of the Cold War.

At nineteen he finds himself not only learning the tough art of soldiering alongside his platoon of Battle hardened Korean War veterans but is also exposed to the political machinations that exist between Britain and her Allies.

Vienna in 1954 is a dangerous place and in addition to honing his skills as a warrior he is trusted to act as a go-between when a senior KGB officer plans to defect to the west. He also falls in and out of love with an American girl and faces the choice of either just completing two years national service, or becoming a regular officer.

About The Author

Harry Turner served in the British army in the 1950s and is a former director of Television South West and ITN Independent Television News. He has previously published books on Nelson's navy, the Peninsular War, the Battle of Waterloo and the Crimean War.


“An unusual and inherently fascinating memoir that is impressively well written, organized and presented”

- Midwest Book Review

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