By W. E. Johns
While Biggles' contrary quantity and previous buddy within the French Surete, Marcel Brissac, joins the French international Legion, Biggles is intrigued as to why. After considering it via, Biggles concludes that Marcel is onto a global gang with a monetary curiosity in struggle. quite a few nations are at struggle with one another and whilst there's a probability of peace, an incident often happens to thwart the peace method. The overseas gang is at the back of such incidents. the one lead is the data 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. ultimately, Biggles and Ginger are approached to abandon because of their flying event. the 1st try out is going fallacious yet finally they do wilderness and so persist with a path that they desire will cause them to the folks dependable. the path results in the Valley of the Tartars, the place a mystery squadron is accomplishing acts of aggression. the following they realize the gang's most modern 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 by way of Kurds, Biggles foils their plans. Air Commodore Raymond will get to fulfill Von Stalhein for the 1st time. The airborne dirt and dust conceal depicts Biggles within the Legion uniform.
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The R. A. F. isn't any longer right here, yet you could guess the Kurds haven’t forgotten what occurred after they have been. They hate airplane, and with reliable cause. someday they’ll raid this position as yes as destiny. they might most likely have performed it via now had they discovered what issues have been like the following. There’s not anything to forestall them so far as i will see. That’s one more reason why I will be joyful to work out the again of it. ” Ginger seemed apprehensively on the stark, it appears lifeless hills that frowned on them from 3 issues of the compass. “Let’s have a dekko on the castle,” acknowledged Biggles. * * * 1 A twin-engined delivery plane, sporting 35-40 passengers, or freight. inbuilt the united states. bankruptcy XIII A citadel with no identify less than usual stipulations the citadel may have Ginger immensely, rather if he had recognized whatever approximately it. It him now—but now not for academical purposes. Its time-weathered partitions printed its antiquity; yet, now that he was once on the subject of it, it was once the scale of where that interested him. He reckoned it coated a very good acre of flooring. It was once simple in the beginning look that the first attention of the architect were defence. every little thing else used to be secondary. the positioning itself had evidently been selected hence. On 3 facets the partitions rose sheer from perpendicular rock faces. on the other hand there has been now not a window—if occasional slim slits should be referred to as windows—less than thirty ft from the floor. there has been just one method of the one front. This used to be a stone arched bridge over a ravine, simply extensive sufficient for one. guy to move at a time. there has been no parapet. The ravine, approximately fifteen toes throughout, was once no longer very deep, and looking out down as they walked over Ginger observed, from the chaos of boulders on the backside, that it had at one time been a water-course. nice boulders and detritus that had rolled down the hills in the course of the a long time additionally lay on either side, even supposing, by way of a curious likelihood, none had struck the bridge or it should have been over excited. From the a long way aspect of the bridge steps were hewn within the rock to a doorway, back simply broad adequate to confess one guy at a time. there has been no real door. in truth, as they found later, there has been no wooden within the position in any respect. As they fastened the stairs to the doorway Ginger couldn’t aid brooding about what stories the stairs may inform in the event that they may communicate. From the entrance Biggles grew to become and surveyed the scene with an eye fixed to its army chances. “At the interval this position used to be outfitted it should have been actually impregnable,” he remarked. “Even now, with smooth guns, a decided garrison could take loads of transferring. I doubt if archaeologists have ever noticeable it, or we must always have heard whatever approximately it. It’s a masterpiece of its variety. yet then, as I acknowledged simply now, this is often undesirable nation, and basically an armed strength may dare to push as close to the hills as this with no danger of annihilation. just a siege would scale back where. Now we will comprehend why, in precedent days, a siege may possibly final for years. ” “The fellows stated there has been water within.