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 pondering it via, Biggles concludes that Marcel is onto a global gang with a monetary curiosity in struggle. quite a few nations are at warfare with one another and whilst there's a likelihood of peace, an incident frequently happens to thwart the peace strategy. The foreign gang is in the back of such incidents. the single lead is the data that the group encourages French international Legionnaires to abandon and subscribe to them. Biggles and Ginger sign up for Marcel within the Legion, and locate he's lower than suspicion. ultimately, Biggles and Ginger are approached to abandon because of their flying adventure. the 1st try is going flawed yet ultimately they do wasteland and so persist with a path that they desire 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. right here they observe the gang's most recent recruit is a definite Erich Von Stalhein. With assistance from a lone madman waging a one-man conflict opposed to the group 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 dirt conceal depicts Biggles within the Legion uniform.
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Then he concept it was once the computer that were broken, having had its controls shot away. however it became out to be neither of these items. One glance was once adequate to give an explanation for every little thing. It was once Voss who were hit. He used to be both useless or subconscious. now not having had time to strap himself in his limp physique had fallen and jammed itself opposed to the regulate column. From the second one pilot’s seat Biggles used to be attempting to carry him up with one hand whereas he endeavoured to maintain the plane on even keel with the opposite. during this he was once in basic terms in part profitable, and the behaviour of the computing device was once accounted for. Ginger rushed to aid him. “Get him out of that seat,” panted Biggles. “Get him into the cabin—out of my way—anywhere. we will hit anything in a minute if I don’t get that stick again. ” among them, with the Breguet nonetheless yawing, side-slipping and approximately stalling, they bought the subconscious German into his seat, after which, with an exceptional attempt, in the back of it. This enabled Biggles to regular the computer, with the end result that Ginger had no nice hassle in dragging the limp physique into the cabin, the place, gasping for breath, he approximately collapsed on best of him. What to do subsequent he didn’t comprehend. He used to be discovering it not easy to imagine in any respect. He couldn’t have performed a lot for the wounded guy had it been sunlight. at nighttime he may well do not anything. The stench of petrol was once such that there may be no doubt of notable a fit. He staggered again to Biggles. “What are you going to do? ” “Get my bearings. ” “Well for heaven’s sake attempt to get it down. ” “For numerous purposes I’m unlikely again to the aerodrome, no matter if i may locate it. ” “You’d greater locate someplace speedy. Voss is ready all in and the cabin’s swimming with petrol. ” “The gravity tank used to be hit. The others are nonetheless displaying strain. Don’t get in a flap. This wishes wondering. ” “I can’t see that it wishes any pondering about,” declared Ginger. “I’m involved in getting down. ” “If we land close to that airfield after what we’ve performed we will be for the excessive leap. ” “If lets get down shut sufficient to barracks to get there sooner than sunlight who’s to understand we had whatever to do with pinching the computing device? ” “That crooked corporal may possibly squeal. ” “Squeal not anything. He was once shot. I observed him fall. What approximately Voss, besides. We should supply him an opportunity. ” “Is he alive? ” “I don’t comprehend. ” “Try to determine. i feel he used to be hit in the course of the neck. ” Ginger went again to the cabin. He used to be simply in time to listen to the loss of life rattle in Voss’s throat. He back to Biggles. “He’s had it,” he introduced. Biggles was once silent for a second. Then he stated: “Bad success. nonetheless, he’s been soliciting for it for a very long time. i ponder we didn’t all get it. As there’s not anything we will do for him i think vulnerable to head on. The computer looks conserving jointly. struggle through Voss’s wallet and notice if you happen to can discover a map, a compass direction, whatever that may let us know the place he was once making for. carry the stuff the following, the place you will find it within the mild of the device panel. ” Ginger again to the cabin, emptied the lifeless man’s wallet and took the contents to the cockpit, the place he went via them.