Unconditional Surrender (aka The End of the Battle 1961) is the last volume of the Sword of Honor trilogy by Evelyn Waugh. It is also something of a return to form, since I found the second volume, Officers and Gentlemen, less compelling than the first, Men At War. In this volume, guy Crouchback has been declared too old to see action and is sent for special employment, only to have old security issues and a chance encounter with former Halberdier Ludovic, now a Major in the intelligence corps who is slowly losing it much like Agathorpe in the first volume: "In my experience the more responsible posts in the army are largely filled by certifiable lunatics. They don't cause any more trouble than the sane ones." Guy ends up on assignment in Yugoslavia where he encounters the usual eccentric characters, some shady secrets and lots of amusing bureaucratic inefficiency, The "intelligence" officers consistently misinterpret Guy's connections and flag him as dubious are rather comic, sprinkled with thoughts of faith, loyalty and doubt in terms of religion, relationships, nationality and class. Some of the more serious aspects come into play here as Guy tries to deal with the situation of displaced persons, Jews who have been brought to Yugoslavia to work by the Nazis. This aspect reflects the postwar realities than ian Buruma discussed in his recent, excellent book on 1945, Year Zero. Several other story lines from previous novels are given closure such as the relationship between Guy and his ex-wife Virgina. The epilogue ends with a picture of Guy's life as satisfying and contented. This trilogy can be seen as the British comedic counterpart to Joseph Heller's excellent WWII comic novel Catch 22.