Last Orders
Last Orders

Sequence of author: The war that came early(№6)

Last Orders

Harry Turtledove

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Harry Turtledove Last Orders CHAPTER 1 A French second lieutenant wore one gold bar just above each cuff on his tunic and one gold ring on his kepi. A French full lieutenant was exalted with two gold bars above each cuff and two gold rings on his tunic. A French colonel-who reveled in five gold bars on his sleeves and five gold rings on his kepi-presented Aristide Demange with the tokens of his new rank. “Congratulations on your promotion, Lieutenant!” he said. Demange saluted with mechanical precision. “Thank you very much, sir!” he replied woodenly, in lieu of the Big fucking deal that shouted inside his head. He’d been in the Army since the last war: his whole adult life. He wished like hell he were still a noncom. You couldn’t show those things, though. Oh, you could, but it wouldn’t do you any good. Demange kept his ferrety face as expressionless as his voice. Never let the bastards guess what you’re thinking made a good rule. They’d screw...

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