EXTRACT FROM THUNDER IN MAY

by Author | July 19th, 2011

EXTRACT FROM PART 3: LIGHTNING

“On your feet Number One Company! On your feet!”

Davis scrambled into a standing position as Gallows slowed to a walk and

began stalking up and down the centre of the company column, calling out a

string of instructions, his voice deep and clear above the noise of battle.

“Alright, listen in. The Jerries have got round the battalion’s flank and

they’ve got into the village up in front. At the moment, they’re blocking our

withdrawal route. Battalion Headquarters and Number Four Company are

just about holding them but the Commanding Officer wants us to go and turf

the sausage-munching fuckers out of the place!”

The big company sergeant major paused for just a second whilst his

words sank in.

“The Company Commander is going to lead us off to the forming up

point in a minute or two. One Platoon is to shake out as left assault, Two

Platoon right assault; both in extended line. Three Platoon in staggered file

behind the Company Commander as reserve. Any questions?”

There were none. Davis felt his stomach sink. He suddenly needed a piss.

The voice of Company Sergeant Major Gallows cut through the night

once more.

“Number One Company will fix bayonets…” He roared as if on Horse

Guards Parade in London.

“Oh, shit…” Davis murmured as he fumbled for the hilt of his own

bayonet.

“Fix…” Hollered Gallows.

Davis drew his bayonet almost fully out, automatically leaving the tip of

the blade hovering by the scabbard’s lip, as if he were executing the

movement on a Queen’s Guard Mount.

“Bayonets!” Gallows thundered.

“Oh, shit…” Davis muttered again.

With an ominous, metallic rattle, a hundred bayonets glittered in the

night…

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