I’ll write a fuller account of the book soon, but for now will just mention one of the picturesque details in which the book abounds.
In a chapter on the Guards, Bond mentions Major G.D. (later General Lord) Jeffreys, of the Grenadiers, a martinet and a brave man, and adds:
The oddest thing about him, perhaps, was that he had kept a pet lion while on active service in France.
The beast had originally been won by another officer in a raffle in 1917. It was fed on horses killed in battle. I wonder if that happens to any of the stars of War Horse.