Giacomo Casanova s reputation rests largely on his obsession with women, but he was much than the great eighteenth century lover Lawyer, mathematician, poet, translator, and librarian who was fluent in several languages, he was described by one contemporary as the most civilized man in Europe That he was also a con man, cabalist, spy, revenge taker, and experienced prisoner only enhances his appeal as one who personified the extreme social and moral contradictions of the time.In chronicling the life of this bastard son of Venetian actors, Masters draws from Casanova s own highly expansive memoirs, unavailable until the 1960s, and shows that many of the most racy and unlikely events in his adventure filled life story have been corroborated by fact. Free Read [ Casanova ] author [ John Masters ] – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
Masters was the son of a lieutenant colonel whose family had a long tradition of service in the Indian Army He was educated at Wellington and Sandhurst On graduating from Sandhurst in 1933, he was seconded to the Duke of Cornwall s Light Infantry DCLI for a year before applying to serve with the 4th Prince of Wales s Own Gurkha Rifles He saw service on the North West Frontier with the 2nd battalion of the regiment, and was rapidly given a variety of appointments within the battalion and the regimental depot, becoming the Adjutant of the 2nd battalion in early 1939.During World War II his battalion was sent to Basra in Iraq, during the brief Anglo Iraqi War Masters subsequently served in Iraq, Syria and Persia In early 1942, he attended the Indian Army Staff College at Quetta Here he met the wife of a fellow officer and began an affair They were later to marry This caused a small scandal at the time.After Staff College he first served as Brigade Major in 114th Indian Infantry Brigade before being poached by Joe Lentaigne, another officer from 4th Gurkhas, to be Brigade Major in 111th Indian Infantry Brigade, a Chindit formation From March, 1944, the brigade served behind the Japanese lines in Burma On the death of General Orde Wingate on 24 April, Lentaigne became the Chindits overall commander and Masters commanded the main body of 111 Brigade.In May, the brigade was ordered to hold a position code named Blackpool near Mogaung in northern Burma The isolated position was attacked with great intensity for seventeen days and eventually the brigade was forced to withdraw Masters had to order the medical orderlies to shoot 19 of his own men, casualties who had no hope of recovery or rescue Masters later wrote about these events in the second volume of his autobiography,The Road Past Mandalay.After briefly commanding the 3rd battalion of his regiment, Masters subsequently became GSO1 the Chief of Staff of Indian 19th Infantry Division, which was heavily involved in the later stages of the Burma Campaign, until the end of the war After a spell as a staff officer in GHQ India in Delhi, he then served as an instructor at the British Army Staff College, Camberley He left the army after this posting, and moved to the United States, where he attempted to set up a business promoting walking tours in the Himalayas, one of his hobbies The business was not a success and, to make ends meet, he decided to write of his experiences in the army When his novels proved popular, he became a full time writer.In later life, Masters and his wife Barbara moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA He died in 1983 from complications following heart surgery His family and friends scattered his ashes from an aeroplane over the mountain trails he loved to hike General Sir Michael Rose, the former UN commander in Bosnia, is a stepson of Masters.
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