It’s Harry Flashman’s Birthday, Damn Your Eyes!

Happy birthday to Sir Harry Flashman, the greatest soldier that never lived! A man unparalleled in history for amorality, debauchery and gross cowardice– and we love him for it.

Flashy

(If you haven’t read the novels, put them on your list. They’re priceless.)

Oh, and thanks to the ever-ready Seven Echo for reminding me!

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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2 Responses to It’s Harry Flashman’s Birthday, Damn Your Eyes!

  1. burkemblog says:

    I love Flashman books–the author was no slouch as a soldier, either–served in Burma (I just found his Quartered Safe Out Here at a used book sale last week) and his books became the basis for Tunes of Glory, one of the most compelling military films around. Harry gave me my favorite (favourite?) line, one I used to use when I worked in OSD and now at academic committee meetings (which I attend a LOT): “there’s many a slip ‘twixt the leap and the couch.” My other favorite is the cavalry toast–“to our wives and our sweethearts–may they never meet!” (this one, of course, has a zillion attributions).
    Finally, those of us who prefer our measurements the old- fashioned way might like the fact that Fraser was a member of the British Weights and Measures Association, which opposed adopting the metric system.

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    • vmijpp says:

      You are right– “Quartered Safe” is in a class by itself! Fraser’s very scholarly and well done “Steel Bonnets” is likewise a remarkable volume, and strongly recommended.

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