By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been strong years for Matthew Hervey. His cherished spouse Henrietta is lifeless and he's now not within the 6th regiment. Now he's kicking his heels in a corrupt and unruly England some distance faraway from its as soon as wonderful prior. 1819 sees Hervey in Rome together with his sister Elizabeth the place an opportunity assembly with guy of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to reconsider his destiny. knowing simply how a lot he misses the thrill of army motion and the camaraderie of his regiment, Hervey hurriedly purchases a brand new fee and is refitted for the uniform of the sixth mild Dragoons. Hervey’s so much instant activity is to elevate a brand new troop and to arrange delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with quick effect.What Hervey and his greenhorn infantrymen can't recognize is that during India they are going to face one in all their hardest trials. plenty of Burmese warboats are being assembled close to the headwaters of the river resulting in Chittagong, and the one option to thwart their enhance consists of an hard and dangerous march via jungle territory. What starts off as a comparatively easy operation turns into a trip into the center of darkness, as Hervey and his troop locate themselves in the course of sizzling and bloody motion as soon as more.From the Hardcover variation.
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Let it see not the unhappy example of an officer unfit for his position, but the regiment of Corunna, Salamanca, Albura and Orthès. ’ He paused to a silent count of three. ’ came the reply, but none too full-throated. Major Joynson suddenly saw his duty. ’ he roared, startling the RSM as much as anyone. ’ bellowed the Sixth. The general saluted and turned away. ‘Carry on, Major Joynson,’ he barked. ‘Sir! ’ ‘Sir! ’ At once the parade ground was a cacophony of words of command from the captains and serjeant-majors as each troop took itself off to stables, skill-at-arms or fatigues – whatever was the order of the day.
I record here my continuing and sincere appreciation of their enthusiasm, patience and wisdom. I would make particular mention, this time, of Anthony Turner, who has worked on each of the manuscripts in the series. I am especially grateful for his keen and questioning eye. And so, after the simple certainties of the Napoleonic Wars, and the year or two that it took for the Congress of Vienna to establish the new world order, we begin to observe how officers young and old had to settle to the new reality, just as they had to do in the decade that followed the end of the Cold War.
Hervey raised his eyebrows. ‘It is the only way if one is forced to fight, I assure you. ’ Hervey nodded, obliged. ’ Hervey was startled by the intimacy of his companion’s knowledge. He did not reply. Shelley frowned. ‘Come, sir. ’ Hervey nodded very slightly again, as if taking the measure of what he had heard. ‘You should not be so reliant on your informants. ’ ‘As you wish,’ sighed Shelley indulgently. ‘And you, sir? ’ Shelley said it with what might have passed for disdain of the notion. ’ ‘I cannot say what you should think.
A Call to Arms volume 4 by Allan Mallinson