Sunday, February 22, 2015

Chapter 71: Let's End This Gentlemen

Date: February 22, 1904 (2015)
Location: Tapi River, Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India
Situation: My Arrival At The River Camp
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
See Previous Chapter 70 here:
Clicking images enlarges them prodigiously.
Scroll slowly, very slowly, if you please and....
Imagineer your own narration as we commence....
February 22, 1904

Welcome to Burhanpur General. It's good to serve with you again.

Thank you Lieutenant. --- No. --- Captain Caddy. Congratulations.

This way to your headquarters tent Sir.

Meanwhile, in the village center....

 Captain Creagh's attention is drawn eastwards. 

As are the eyes of Colonel Sinclair.

Excuse me General. Dalrymple, Sir. Riders com'n in, fast. 

Hello in the camp. 
We  have an urgent dispatch for the commanding officer.

If this dispatch is true....then.... 
Assemble all senior commanding officers at my tent at once. 

Gentlemen, pleasantries will have to wait. 
We don't have one minute to lose.
Let's end this once and for all.


1) Identical Miniature Building Authority motor launches are on loan from Chuck L. The other was scratch-built by H.G. Walls on loan from Der Alte Fritz.  The tower was scratch-built by H.G. Walls. Most other structures are from Miniature Building Authority. A great deal of vegetation is from Chuck and Todd B. How could all this happen without them? Answer: It couldn't! Thank you my friends.

2) Covered wagons pencil sharpeners from the Fort Ligonier gift shop in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

3) General Pettygree wears the new uniform of the era. It was great fun finding so many castings in that uniform in different poses to enliven scenes and dialogue.

4) The story prepares us for a Colonial game on March 14, 2015.

5) Did you imagineer your own dialogue and vicarious thoughts in the first dozen scenes? I think of the whole ensemble presenting kind of a silent film allowing your imaginations to take charge of story telling. Brief captions appear in the last dozen scenes much like silent films of the 1920s.

6) I welcome your feedback at comments below. 
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Pierre le Poilu said...

I love it - thank you for the posting

Conrad Kinch said...

Egad! The Devils in skirts!

Wonderful stuff squire. I think letting the pictures tell the story works rather well.

Ted Henkle said...

I'm looking forward to your next post!

Sgt. Guinness said...

Awesome! Always an exciting story.

tradgardmastare said...

Utterly splendid!

Phil Robinson said...

A veritable pleasure to peruse over morning coffee, bravo Sir.

Mallius Vane said...


WSTKS-FM Worldwide said...

Agreed with all of the previous comments. Just good fun.

Best Regards,


Jiminho said...

The varied poses of Gen. Pettygree really do enrich the telling the story. Your scenes seem very well laid out as well, were you a Silent Film director in a previous life?!

Hils said...

Your work continues to amaze and delight me, every week, month and year! I read all General Pettygree`s exploits with intense interest, and I take my hat off to you, sir... for continuing to thrill us with so many darn good and jolly splendid tales.

Your blog always inspires me no end.

A J said...

Splendid stuff as always! I have a couple of those very wagons, bought at Fort Meigs, OH.

Gallia said...

You all made some very kind and gratifying comments. I appreciate every word and am very glad you enjoyed the "show." Thank you Gentlemen!
Respectfully, Bill P.

Graham C said...

Brilliant piece Bill, love writing for the updates.
Today's raid especially pleasant sitting in front of a log fire,meaning a wee dram whilst the rain pounding down outside

GM Fritz said...

Excellent. Great work on this. I loved it. I hope you continue with this.