Michael Edwardson

Flashman Tells It Like It Is

By Michael Edwardson |

George MacDonald Fraser, author of the famous Flashman novels, joined the Border Regiment straight out of school, and first saw active service in 1944, at the age of 19, in the ‘forgotten front’ of the Burma campaign. In his memoir, Quartered Safe out Here, Fraser remembers his experiences with his infantry section, employing all the considerable skills of his craft to roll back half a century and bring that terrible jungle campaign to life. In this passage from the very start of the book, Fraser makes a point about the dehumanized way that military campaigns are often presented in histories…

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