A Close Run Thing volume 1 by Allan Mallinson

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Russian, Prussian and Austrian armies were closing in from the east, while the British, already in the Pyrenees, stood ready to invade from the south-west. ’ Joseph Edmonds was deploying all his considerable facility with words in order to convey the gravity of the matter at hand. ’ Cornet Hervey stood rigidly to attention before the major’s desk, his left hand clasping the sword scabbard to his side, his right hand clenched with the thumb pointing downwards along the double yellow stripe of his overalls.

It hardly made for a conciliatory response. ‘Regan, you are a confounded ass! ’ Lieutenant Regan’s voice lowered menacingly. ’ ‘How in hell’s name do I know? ’ The contempt was unequivocal, and Hervey might have anticipated its consequences had he not been so entirely exasperated by the lieutenant’s seemingly wilful ignorance of the affair with the enemy battery. ’ Hervey’s jaw fell. ‘In the middle of a battle? ’ The contrast between the red jackets of the ADC and staff dragoons and the blue of Hervey’s regiment seemed to be intensifying the confrontation.

ISBN 0593 043731 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publishers. Typeset in 11/13pt Times by Phoenix Typesetting, Ilkley, West Yorkshire Printed and bound in Great Britain by Clays Ltd, St Ives plc. To The Light Dragoons (formerly the 13th/18th and the 15th/19th Hussars) In whose history, character and personalities I have found much inspiration for this story.

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