Tim Moore grew up in Kenya in the early twentieth century, as the son of a bookseller. In his lifetime he saw the change from the Protectorate of the British East Africa to Kenya Colony and then to the independent Republic of Kenya.
In 1937 Tim signed up as a clerk at the headquarters of the King's African Rifles; two years later, war broke out. Before long, he found himself policing occupied territories in East Africa, protecting the populace from gangs of armed bandits.
After military service Tim joined the Kenya Immigration Department and then became a probation officer, watching the development of Kenya's new probation service from the inside.
The book is written in Tim's own words with additional content from his son David and is illustrated with photographs throughout. It gives a first-hand account of operations on a continent sometimes neglected in accounts of the Second World War.