In May 1939 all males of 20 and 21 were required to undergo six months military training, until the Second World War was declared on 3rd September, 1939 when the National Service (Armed Forces) Act was passed. Men between the ages of 18 and 41 were now liable for call-up to the Armed Forces which at that time was made up of regular soldiers, sailors and airmen, territorials, reservists, volunteers and now the new conscripts. This book with illustrations, memorabilia and maps attempts to show how the author, who was conscripted in 1940 at the age of 24 and who served in the army for six years, was affected by the war and how he came to terms with a completely different life style. After receiving his basic training and instruction as a wireless operator he was posted to an Armoured Brigade, in which he served in the Middle East and North Africa, and with other units in Malta, Sicily and Italy. Like many of his contemporaries, who also served there, he did not return to Britain until the end of the war - many thousands never returned. The book illustrates his own interpretation of events, the mental pressures, his experiences in the seclusion and austere conditions of the North African deserts also in the inhabited areas like Cairo, Algiers, Tunis, Malta, Sicily and Italy, with all the accompanying traumas, suffering and pleasures.