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By W. E. Johns

Whilst Biggles' contrary quantity and previous buddy within the French Surete, Marcel Brissac, joins the French overseas Legion, Biggles is intrigued as to why. After considering it via, Biggles concludes that Marcel is onto a world gang with a monetary curiosity in warfare. a variety of nations are at battle with one another and whilst there's a probability of peace, an incident often happens to thwart the peace strategy. The foreign gang is at the back of such incidents. the single lead is the information that the crowd encourages French overseas Legionnaires to abandon and sign up for them. Biggles and Ginger sign up for Marcel within the Legion, and locate he's below suspicion. finally, Biggles and Ginger are approached to abandon because of their flying adventure. the 1st test is going incorrect yet ultimately they do barren region and so persist with a path that they wish will make them the folks accountable. the path results in the Valley of the Tartars, the place a mystery squadron is undertaking acts of aggression. the following they become aware of the gang's most up-to-date recruit is a undeniable Erich Von Stalhein. With assistance from a lone madman waging a one-man warfare opposed to the crowd and a shock assault via Kurds, Biggles foils their plans. Air Commodore Raymond will get to satisfy Von Stalhein for the 1st time. The dirt hide depicts Biggles within the Legion uniform.

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It used to be, from all bills, the main lethal outpost for which the Legion supplied the garrison. Deep within the Sahara, it was once, in keeping with those that knew, the closest position to hell on the earth. the warmth, the glare and the hideous loneliness, needed to be skilled to be believed. extra males went out in their minds with Le Cafard at citadel Labougant than the entire different stations prepare. certainly, the good topic for hypothesis used to be the names of these probably to be drafted. a few there have been who declared that they might shoot themselves instead of face this dreadful ordeal. Others swore they'd desolate tract first. to those wild threats Biggles and Ginger listened with quiet enjoyment, understanding that it used to be all speak, and that during the development not one of the audio system may do whatever of the type. They themselves weren't involved. no longer having accomplished their education it didn't happen to both of them that their names could be at the fateful record. however the subsequent hearsay that flew, a short while later, introduced an expression of alarm to Biggles’s face. It used to be that Sous-Lieutenant Brissac used to be to behavior the draft and take over the command of the citadel. Biggles checked out Ginger. “I don’t just like the sound of that. I wonder.... ” “Wonder what? ” “If there’s extra in it than meets the attention. ” “You mean—has an individual been pulling the strings to place Marcel out of ways? ” “Yes. He could to boot be useless as be caught in the midst of the Sahara. ” “But simply the better command may order one of these posting. ” “Maybe there’s anyone within the gang strong adequate to provide orders to the better command. ” Ginger stared. “I suggest that,” asserted Biggles. “We’re no longer facing a host of inexpensive swindlers. This time we’re up opposed to whatever big—bigger even than we could consider even now. ” “Marcel will refuse to move. He’ll renounce his fee and the Sureté will see that his resignation is permitted. ” “Of direction he’ll resign—and that would inform the enemy what they could desire to make sure. That Marcel is a police agent, and the police are finally clever to the armaments racket. except that, don’t you spot that no matter if Marcel is going to fortress Labougant or even if he resigns, he’ll be out of the enterprise and we will be left right here on our personal. in fact he can’t visit the fortress, but when he resigns it won’t take the enemy intelligence carrier very lengthy to determine why he was once authorized to stroll out of the Legion. ” stated Ginger, whimsically: “Well, thank goodness they don’t suspect us, or we may well locate ourselves so as to fortress Labougant, too. ” nonetheless conversing, thinking about what path Marcel might take, yet no longer unduly disturbed, they went open air. Voudron was once strolling around the sq.. Seeing them, he replaced path and came around to them. “If the Arabs are going to get you for what you probably did the opposite evening they’ll must be quick,” he acknowledged cheerfully. “How so? ” enquired Biggles. “You’re at the draft for castle Labougant. ” “Both folks? ” “Yes. ” Biggles’s expression didn't switch. “How are you aware? have you ever visible the record? ” “Seen it? I helped to make it up.

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