Books: Last Coppers

PATROL (149 pp.) — Fred Majdalany —Houghfon Mifflin ($2); Ballontine Books (35¢).

In his career as an infantry officer, Major Tim Sheldon had poured "a gallon of living into a pint pot of time." Battle-beaten at 24, he felt like an old man. What Tim Sheldon was really looking forward to, when his North Africa sector quieted down one day, was two, maybe three successive nights of sleep. But Division HQ wanted to know whether the Germans had pulled out of White Farm. There was only one way to find out. Somebody had to cross no man's land and look.

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