Private Papers of Lieutenant Colonel E J A H (`Peter') Brush CB DSO
Ts memoir (225pp photocopies; 1982) of his life and military career including: education (Clifton College and Sandhurst, 1914 - 1921), service as an officer with the 3rd Battalion, The Rifle Brigade in Ireland (1921), Turkey (1921 - 1923), with the 1st Battalion in India (1925 - 1927), attached to the 4th Battalion, King's African Rifles in East Africa (1927 - 1932), as ADC to the GOC-in-C Southern Command, United Kingdom, General Sir Jock Burnett-Stuart (1934 - 1937), as Adjutant, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade in the United Kingdom and France (1937 - 1940), as a prisoner of war in Germany/Poland (Laufen, Torun, Biberach, Warburg, Spangenberg, Rotenburg and Eisleben, 1940 - 1945), in command of the 8th Battalion in Schleswig Holstein (1945 - 1946); and post-war and (Ulster Unionist) political life 1969 - 1982. The account, though often rambling and `horsey', has excellent descriptions of his unit's actions before his capture at the fall of Calais (May 1940), prisoner of war escape attempts (one with Terence Prittie, pp 107 - 114) and Northern Ireland politics, especially his close involvement in the May 1974 general strike and the Stormont Convention, and gives numerous thoughts on major personalities whom he met, in particular: the Queen, Burnett-Stuart, Enoch Powell, Edward Heath, Airey Neave and Sir Norman Stronge (assassinated in 1982).
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.