Wednesday, 22 July 2009

A hellish thing

…it’s this kind of thing, the stale smell of blood, the wasted faces, the hushed voices, the awful hopless tiredness, that makes you understand what a hellish thing war is. Worse than a battle-field, worse than the blood and the mud and the smoke and the steel, is the dank misery of a hospital of wounded men…

Flashman at the Charge, p.120, Pan edition, 5th printing, 1979.

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