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JASPER MUNCHAUSEN?

“Men have always lied about wars.”
Glenda Whitley, co-author of Stolen Valour

Why did Jasper Maskelyne resort to autobiographical fabrication? Especially when his real army career was praiseworthy. In 1940, he could easily have avoided active service, but he put his life at risk by volunteering to serve in the British Army. His transfer to Egypt placed him in a dangerous and unpredictable fighting arena. He served honourably, first as a camouflage officer, then as an entertainments officer and, finally, as an escape and evasion lecturer. His work on sunshields, novel forms of tank camouflage, was particularly commendable.
Why then did he embroider his wartime career?
I can suggest a dozen provocative theories, some of which overlap or compete.

Click on the image of Richard Meinertzhagen opposite to find out more.
Meinertzhagen was a World War 1 precursor to Maskelyne in terms of fabricating and exaggerating his contribution to military affairs.
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