WETTERN, Desmond. The Lonely Battle … Foreword by Admiral Sir Geoffrey Layton. London, W. H. Allen, 1960.
8vo. Original boards in the beautiful illustrated wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. 223, plates after photographs; near-fine.
First edition of an uncommon title. 'This unusual war story deals with the life and adventures of a British seaman in Shanghai during the Japanese occupation. Jim Cuming, a Sheffield man, was ashore when the survivors of the river gunboat Peterel were taken prisoner, and he managed to escape detection for four years, during which time he fought a lonely battle against the enemy' (blurb inside front flap).