Title: Baden-Powell: The Two Lives of a Hero.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York
Publication Date: 1964
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
A Near Fine copy in a Very Good unclipped dust jacket with a closed edge tear to the front panel and edge wear to the spine. The name Baden-Powell is known and respected throughout the world as that of a man who, in his 83 years, devoted himself to the service of his country and his fellow men in two separate and complete lives, one as a soldier fighting for his country, and the other as a worker for peace through the brotherhood of the Scout Movement. Baden-Powell was commissioned straight into the 13th Hussars as a young cavalry officer and was to become it's Honorary Colonel for 30 years. With the 13th Hussars he served in India, Afghanistan and South Africa and was mentioned in dispatches for his work in Zululand. There followed three years service in Malta as Assistant Military Secretary and then he went to Ashanti, Africa, to lead the campaign against Prempeh. Success led to his being promoted to command the 5th Dragoon Guards in 1897, at the age of 40. It was to the 5th Dragoon Guards that B.-P. gave his first training in Scouting and awarded soldiers reaching certain standards a badge based on the north point of the compass. In 1907 he held an experimental camp on Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, to try out his ideas concerning outdoor life. He brought together 22 boys, some from public schools and some from working class homes, and put them into camp under his leadership. The whole world now knows the results of that camp: the Boy Scouts. Bookseller Inventory # 24272
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