Legion Pulp: Mud

mudThis month’s pulp fiction story is “Mud” from J. D. Newsom which appeared in the 30 December 1925 issue of Adventure.  I reads like many of the popular stories and novels of this time period that depicted the brutal trench combat of the First World War.  This is an early J. D. Newsom work–about three years into his writing career.  He had already written a couple stories featuring the French Foreign Legion and would eventually make this sub-genre a specialty of his.   The story here, a “complete novelette” if you will, is about two English speaking members of the Legion who are at odds with their Germanic Sergeant who is only too happy to escort them to the rear for summary courts martial and perhaps the firing squad.  Of course, quite a few things happen during that walk back from the front.  (Note: Not my scan–thank “sas” & “jvh” for their superb work)


About Jack Wagner

Retired Army.
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