Dear John - re Lance Grimstone's epic books (When the Tulips Bled, Brother Rats and A Rain of Ruin), I thoroughly enjoyed Mr Grimstone's remarkable books and thank you for bringing them to my attention. They were all extremely well researched and brought together a real sense of those times. To be able to tie together all those threads and personalities in Brother Rats and A Rain of Ruin shows true understanding of the life and times so poignant to many of us today. Personally, it was of great interest as my own father was in the South Pacific theatre of war and was with the RNZAF in Bouganville, Solomons and those actions. In respect of the North African campaigns, my Dad's close friend from early school days was a prominent member of the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) and is well recorded in the NZ official war records, ending up a Lt Colonel, before returning to his farming life post war. Myself, I was in 22 Bty, 6 Fd Regiment Artillery as a territorial in the mid-1960s where we progressed from 25 pounders to the more up-to-date howitzers. When the Tulips Bled was a great read also. I was familiar with much of the events but had not really realised just how horribly the Dutch were treated over a long time by the occupying power. Should you be in touch with Mr Grimstone, I should be most obliged if you would convey my congratulations for his first class works. Best Regards, David S.