Legion Pulp: Wineskin

The mid-month pulp story for April is another great tale written by Georges Surdez.  It appeared in the 15 December, 1930, issue of Adventure.  The story here, like many others, speaks to the power of wine, for good or bad, on the constitution, actions, bravery and fate of certain Foreign Legionnaires.  It takes place in the hills of Morocco after the first world war.  Small French garrisons were established to secure the loose border and the lines of communications marauding native Chleuh tribesmen.  A patrol is sent out from Poste Kitosso to investigate the ambush of a supply column and find the three trucks burned and destroyed and nine members of the transportation corps dead–some decapitated and one tortured to death.  Found at the bottom of a cliff were three large wine casks pitched by the attackers who forsake alcohol.  It is the Greek white wine within those casks that works it’s magic on the twenty legionnaires who, after drinking their fill, march to the fortress of Kaid Hammou to avenge the attack.


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