|Things get a bit sticky for Major Quibble and the Lads|
This reminds me of the story from the Korean War*. A British unit has been surrounded by the enemy and cut off. After some difficulty, radio contact is made and the American general in command asks the British officer in charge of the unit for a situation report. "Well, Sir" he replies "Things are beginning to get a bit sticky here". British users of the English language would immediately translate the report as "The shit has hit the fan and there's blood running down the walls. There are 10,000 Chinese coming up the hill towards us and we've run out of beer cans to throw at them. Please evacuate us as soon as possible." However, the American general feels reassured by the calm response and tells his subordinate to hold on.
*Please someone tell me the source of this - it's bugging me! It's normally told in connection of the destruction of the Glosters at the crossings of the Imjin River
The sand of the desert is sodden red, --
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; --
The Gatling's jammed* and the colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England's far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of schoolboy rallies the ranks,
"Play up! play up! and play the game!"
*As readers of this blog will know, it was a Gardner.
|"Please send either Brigade of Guards or platoon of Gurkhas"|