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- which is a foreign expression I know meaning that a feller thinks he is some swell guy.

That is why I am at a loose end when a character known as Mr. Eden comes on the air and tells us about the Local Defence Volunteers. I tell myself that this is most certainly where I get into the betting, because if they want volunteers to defend the "local", this is just my line of country.

So off I go to enrol at the police station. And I don't mind telling you, because I know it won't go any further, this is the first time for many years that I visit such a place of my own free will. I have always held the opinion that it is only very foolish people who go around visiting police stations without a pressing invitation, and thereby originating much trouble for one and all.

On my way down, I meet a character I know who asks me if I am thinking of joining the L.D.V. He says to me like this : "I have been appointed to take command of the spot of trouble which is blowing up among the local citizens and I want somebody to take on the job of adjutant. As I never hear of you doing anything but just getting around and about, you are just the bloke I'm looking for to give a hand."

Now this is not quite what I had in mind




for myself. I had an idea that I should get command of a brigade or something of the kind. But, of course, I could see that I should have to start somewhere, so I decided to have a stab at it. No doubt I should get rapid promotion, and, in the meantime, I could mug up my platoon drill and such and bring it right up to date so that I should be all set to take on anything that was offered.

But facilis est descensus averni. (That's the other foreign expression I know, and this seems a very appropriate place to bring it in.)

So that is how I became a member of the L.D.V., and if anyone is interested in such a proposal, I am laying a very fair shade of odds that the unit I was with at that time before I came to the Thirsty Second, was the first to go into action against the enemy.

It happened like this: One very hot afternoon in June 1940 I am sitting in my office at B.H.Q. feeling very drowsy and little inclined for work. I get to thinking of this and that and wondering why on earth I had taken this job because, the way I look at it, it seems very likely to interfere with my getting around and about.

And getting around and about is a thing I am very partial to indeed.

This office I am sitting in is very small and stuffy and there is not even room to swing a cat. But swinging a cat is a thing