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'England's Last Hope!
Light-hearted memories of National Service in The Royal Corps of Signals'
by Louis Samuels
ISBN 1-900467-12-7 Price £9.99.
Softback.
150 x 210 mm (approximately)
120 pages

'England's Last Hope!
Light-Hearted Recollections of National Service'
may be ordered from:
Louis Samuels
20 Richmond Close
Whitefield
Manchester M45 7PW
England
Telephone/Fax: 0161 766 3761

Price £9.99 plus £1.00 p&p (second class).
Please add further £2.50 to cover post & packing for orders outside the UK.

Please make cheques/POs payable to
Louis Samuels.

'National Service was not eagerly awaited by the youth of the immediate post-war era. Rumours that abounded, about how they were treated, were legion, albeit that they were mostly exaggerated distortions - but there was no smoke without fire. The outcome of it all, was that it turned boys into men and prepared them well for the remainder of their lives. They were able to stand on their own two feet and face everything that life threw at them with confidence. They learned to respect authority and fellow men. They learned to be part of a team and get on with the job in hand, in whatever conditions prevailed.

In this book, Louis Samuels vividly describes his personal experiences, which many people of the time will readily recognise. The immediate post-war period was no doddle. Life was much harsher than for the youth of today. There are reflections of his life as a soldier, often described in great detail and with considerable humour, which was, of course, the cornerstone of military service. Haircuts, drill, bulling boots, inspections and Army food, are all subjected to the usual derisive treatment. But, there is also the camaraderie that service life generates; the making of friendships that last for life.

For those who have 'been there and done that', this will bring back lots of memories, because this is how it was. For those who have no military service, you should be aware that it portrays one man's recollections of how his service for Queen and Country was spent, but there were thousands more like him. He was one small cog in a massive machine, that maintained peace at a time when peace was far from assured. We should be prepared to salute all National Servicemen for their defence of the realm and specifically, we should thank Louis Samuels for reminding us in such an interesting and often amusing way.'
Col.Cliff Walters, Director, Royal Signals Museum, Blandford Camp, Dorset (April 2002)

Louis Samuels was educated at Roundhay Boys' Grammar School in Leeds, later gaining a B.A., before moving to York, Knaresborough in North Yorkshire and finally Manchester. His speciality since 1973, has been the study and practice of all aspects of handwriting - Graphology - and he is able to read an individual's whole personality, sum up career choices and gauge social skills, from a careful study, often taking several hours, of a sample of handwriting and a signature.

In between his work, which includes disputed handwriting and document examination in legal cases, he has recently written down his memories of what it was really like during the days of National Service.

His dearest wish is that by the time his grandchildren become adults, they will enjoy a more peaceful world.

General enquiries or comments to Finial Publishing can be sent to mail@finial.co.uk


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