When I left England at the height of the 1940 London blitz, bound for the Free French Camerouns, I began a diary for my own interest and for my friends to read on my return home. The notes for this book were taken from that diary. Therefore, although in the course of my travels I visited several battle zones, the book is more a saga of travel than a chronicle of war. In it I make no pretence at analysis - no attempt to comment on the strategy of the various campaigns, to criticize the past or foretell the future. I write only of what I saw.