FLEET author Peter Vaux is benefiting The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal through sales of his book, Voyage to the Desert, which tells of a dramatic sea journey during World War Two.

Retired Brigadier Peter describes his personal experiences of the voyage from Liverpool to Port Tewfik, Suez, in the winter of 1940-41. He was aboard the City of London in a convoy of 20 ships carrying 30,000 troops and equipment for the defence of Egypt and the Suez Canal. The canal, lifeline of the British Empire,was then under threat from Mussolini's massed forces in Libya.

Voyage to the Desert includes an account of a mid-Atlantic collision and a savage encounter with a German heavy cruiser.

Peter, who lives in Greenways, is donating £2.50 from each copy to the Legion's Poppy Appeal. The Legion helps 15 million ex-service people and their families and has been Britain's leading ex-service charity for more than 80 years.

Peter served in the Royal Tank Regiment for 34 years and is now an established author. He appeared in the BBC series Finest Hour which focused on 1940 and included the story of Peter's dramatic escape from the German troops at Arras, through a pistol duel, and then swimming across the River Somme.

For a copy of Voyage to the Desert, send a cheque or postal order for £4.95 (payable to Vaux Publications) to Vaux Publications, 10 Greenways, Fleet, Hants GU52 7UG.