By Allan Mallinson
1817 and 1818 haven't been stable years for Matthew Hervey. His loved spouse Henrietta is useless and he's not within the 6th regiment. Now he's kicking his heels in a corrupt and unruly England a long way faraway from its as soon as excellent prior. 1819 sees Hervey in Rome along with his sister Elizabeth the place an opportunity assembly with guy of letters Percy Bysshe Shelley leads him to reconsider his destiny. figuring out simply how a lot he misses the buzz 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 gentle Dragoons. Hervey’s such a lot fast job is to elevate a brand new troop and to arrange delivery, for his males and horses are to set sail for India with speedy effect.What Hervey and his greenhorn infantrymen can't comprehend is that during India they're 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 single method to thwart their boost consists of an laborious and dangerous march via jungle territory. What starts as a comparatively uncomplicated operation turns into a trip into the guts of darkness, as Hervey and his troop locate themselves in the course of sizzling and bloody motion as soon as more.From the Hardcover version.
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In the colonial engagements of the three decades after Waterloo, superior British discipline and firepower – the same musket volleys as at Waterloo – were enough to see off the enemy. In the one arena that might have tested the army’s readiness for large-scale war – India – jealousies and assumptions of innate superiority led to a general despising of Indian experience, for which the army was to pay dearly in the Crimea, and, indeed, in India itself at times. So where did Hervey and his brother officers of the post-Waterloo army blood their swords, or at least draw them?
I have been knocked down before, but never with so little forewarning. ’ ‘They would have done you no good before the blow, and might have caused you trouble afterwards,’ replied Hervey, stooping to pick up Shelley’s hat. ‘I thank you again, sir. ’ The gendarmi were trying to tell them something, without success until the official from the altercation with the mandolinplayer intervened. ‘Signori, the gendarmi wish you to accompany them to the office of the questura. ’ Shelley dabbed at his lips with a handkerchief and then at his eyes.
He returned the kindness with a thankful smile. Shelley reached into his pocket for a second notebook. ’ ‘That is to make of my erudition what it is not,’ warned Hervey, frowning. ’ Hervey nodded. ’ ‘I write of Promethean resistance to the Furies, the ministers of pain and fear, disappointment, mistrust and hate. ’ Hervey saw a lofty analogy, yet was not dismayed, for Shelley’s was a wholly honest candour. ’ Shelley grasped his arm again. ’ Shelley’s warning, perhaps for its intensity, startled him.
A Call to Arms volume 4 by Allan Mallinson