From: new milford, ct
A quiet game of whist is taking place at the O Club in Delhi Cantonment. It is 2330 December 7, 1941
Three (3) spades states General Wavell ( Field Marshal Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell, GCB, GCSI, GCIE, CMG, MC, and PC if you must know these things). Just then an excited young orderly dashes in interrupting the game.
Sir, a message has been received and the Japs are attacking an American base in Hawaii, I just heard it on the wireless!
General Wavell turns to the junior officer to his left and says, "your bid please". And then turns to the orderly. Please send a wireless to **** Percy in Singers. Tell him the Japs are on the prowl and to ensure his cannons are ready. Use the word cannon, I dont want him to confuse that with guns. They should get a good work out he mutters to himself as he sips his gin and tonic. Lets take this rubber he exclaims to his partner.
Meanwhile, on the trail from Mardan to Saidu Sharif in the Northwest Frontier, young Harry Flashman III sleeps fitfully.
"Its a dog eat dog world Sammy and I am wearing Milkbone underwear" -Norm.