Oxfam Shop Barnard Castle
A fascinating guide to services etiquette for newly commissioned officers, first published in 1939, ", reprinted at regular intervals throughout the War years" and endorsed by the Air Ministry. Covers advice on such matters as saluting ("Newly commissioned officers are sensitive about making themselves conspicuous, or even ridiculous, by saluting when the occasion does not demand it"); behaviour in the mess ("There is no traditional custom that an officer must be a heavy drinker, and there never has been"); and the relationship, between the ranks ("...try to avoid travelling in the same compartment as other ranks. It probably embarrasses both of you. You are expected to live up to your status as an officer and travel first class"). Of considerable historic and social interest and will appeal to anyone interested in services history. Blue soft cloth covers with title in gilt. Owner's name inside front cover. Paper discoloured commensurate with age and some marking and foxing but binding tight. Scarce.
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