#17. Flashman on the March
Flashman aged: 45 to 46
Years: 1867 - 1868
In the beginning of 'Flashman on the March', Flashman is fleeing Mexico aboard an Austrian warship. Whilst onboard he 'educates' a Austrian princess due to be married, and as such finds himself in need of a quick exit again. A chance meeting in the port of Trieste, gives him the opportunity to escape this current predicament by delivering funds to General Napier who's beginning an invasion of Abyssinia (modern day Ethopia) in an attempt to rescue a handful of British hostages held by Emperor Tewodros. Flashy once again finds himself cajoled into secret missions, and doing anything and everything to save his own skin.
The British Invasion of Abyssinia is one of the lesser known military missions. It culminated in the Battle of Magdala, where the British won and the Emperor Tewodros committed suicide. An interesting little fact is that the British army had the new Khaki drill jackets and white Topi helmet, as opposed to the usual red-coat. As such felt I had to have Flashy in this outfit. I also really wanted to have a crack at a mud hut and do a straw roof.