An Average War

Eighth Army to Red Army

Mike Peyton

Yachting's favourite cartoonist, Mike Peyton's, fascinating memoir of his wartime experiences with the Northumberland Fusiliers, Intelligence Corps and Eighth Army - and finally the Red Army!
Date Published :
March 2014
Publisher :
Fernhurst Books
Illustration :
5 Halftones, black and white; 12 Illustrations, black and white
Format Available    QuantityPrice
ISBN : 9781909911123
Pages : 136
Dimensions : 8.25 X 5.75 inches
In stock


Mike Peyton lied about his age to enlist, worried that the war would be over before he had a chance to join in. After training, he initially fought in the Western Desert, where he was captured and shipped to Italy and then Germany. He escaped in Germany and walked east until he found the Russian Red Army with whom he fought for the rest of the war. With a grave sense of humour, Peyton takes you through the horror and death, alongside the camaraderie and excitement.

About The Author

Mike Peyton lied about his age to join the Army at the start of the Second World War. He spent much of the war in a prisoner of war camp, but escaped to join and fight with the Russian Red Army. Mike began sketching as a boy and, after the war, trained at Manchester Art School. He also discovered boating, spending his wedding night camping besides the Thames in London, having got there by canoe! He worked as a freelance cartoonist for New Scientist, Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner, to name but a few. Mike has had over 18 books of yachting cartoons published and in 2016 was dubbed ‘the Picasso of sailing’ by the Yachting Journalist Association. He passed away in late January 2017, a few days after his 96th birthday.

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