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MALLINSON, Allan. An Act of Courage . London: Bantam Press, (2005). First UK Printing. Pp. [i]-xii,(2),1-366,(4). Map endpapers. 8vo, purple cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "Christmas 1826 finds Matthew Hervey of the 6th Light Dragoons alone and a prisoner. Captured by the Spanish, he is locked up in the notorious fortress of Badajoz, with little means of outside communication, his Prayer Book his only mental sustenance. He must escape, but as Hervey lays his plans his thoughts return to 1812, when as a young cornethe was here with Wellington's Peninsular Army. Having survived the terribl e retreat to Corunna, Hervey and the Sixth had gone on to endure three moreyears of fighting - which included the British Army's biggest general acti on since the Duke of Marlborough's days, at Talavera - only to be stalled at Badajoz. Badajoz: a fortree of huge strategic importance, where two sieges had already failed, and where French resistance was at its bloodiest. No one - from the Duke of Wellington to the most lowly cornet - was in any doubt that in order to defeat Napoleon they must carry the day. As the young Hervey and his comrades prepared for the third and final attack on the fortress, the only options left were death or glory. What Hervey cannot know, ashe paces his prison cell fourteen years later, is that in Lisbon, his clos e friends - including the beautiful Isabella Delgado - are rushing to his aid. The escape they plan is audacious in the extreme..." - from the dj. Vg-fine in clean, crisp, unclipped dj. Signed without inscription by Mallinsonon the title page. 40.00
Title: Act of Courage. signed. 1st UK in dj.
Publisher: Bantam Press, London, 2005, ISBN:0593053400:
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