The guerillas of El Hombre Sin Nombre and Adora Heras have captured the infamous Major Manque, but, in the company of some riflemen commanded by Ensign Valentine Moon, are being hunted by the French. If they can reach the small Portuguese border town of Vitória, they should be safe. Close to that place, they must cross an expanse of open country and Polish lancers are rumoured to be scouring the vicinity.
An agent of Major Lee (exploring officer extraordinaire) awaits the arrival of the captured Manque. Miss Juliet Mycock may have the look of a simple English governess but has a reputation for remaining unfazed by even the most impressive weapon that might be pointed in her direction, and packs a loaded pistol beneath her skirts.
Half way across the open ground to Vitória and still no sign of the enemy.
But suddenly . . .
With their gallant officer leading the way, the Poles come on at the canter.
And voltigeurs appear in the woods.
And Lieutenant de Rière advances to the flank of the lancers. The trap is sprung!
The guerillas of El Hombre Sin Nombre blaze away at the oncoming lancers, causing some disarray in their ranks but no casualties. De Rière’s voltigeurs shoot down two guerillas and Serjeant ‘Kid’ Fiddler brings his riflemen into action. Battle is joined.
La Señora Adora Heras and her men press on, ignoring fire from de Nigot’s men atop the hill.
But Sergent Serin, whose brother, you may recall, recently met with a well-merited demise, has reached the north gate of Vitória. Will he be in time to rescue Major Manque?
Lejnant Wódka leads the charge, his men bravely galloping at the rag-tag guerillas.
Adora Heras enters the town.
Second Lieutenant Moon adds his fire against the lancers but his men take two casualties from de Nigot’s sharpshooters.
The ragged line of guerillas flee from the onrushing lancers but are caught.
The fleeing guerillas are skewered, some of them several times over as the Poles use them as live targets to practise various techniques. El Hombre Sin Nombre turns just before he is ridden down and pistols one man from the saddle, hurls the empty weapon into the teeth of another , draws his second pistol and shoots Lejnant Wódka through the shoulder. But his heroic stand is to no avail and pricked by lances, he is brought down and captured by the vengeful Poles.
La Señora and Miss Mycock meet. But Sergent Serin’s men are in the granary whose steps Miss Mycock is standing at the foot of. Escape will be a near run thing . . .
Moon has his riflemen fire at the French voltigeurs who are running down the road. Two of the Frenchmen fall, one is Lieutenant de Rière himself!
Serin leads his brave voltigeurs from the granary, charging down the steps into Adora Heras’ guerillas who meet them knife to bayonet. The struggle is short and vicious. At the end, the three surviving French retreat into the granary, dragging their wounded Sergent with them while two guerillas lie bleeding in the dusty street.
And with that, the battle is over bar some angry French and polish shouting. El Hombre Sin Nombre’s little band are scattered but Moon and Fiddler win clear to join Adora Heras and Miss Mycock in Vitória.
The Butcher’s Bill
- Dead – 1 Rifleman
- Recovering from Wounds – 1 Riflemen
- Dead – 3 Voltigeurs, 2 Polish Lancers
- Dead – 4 Guerillas
- Wounded – 2 Guerillas
- Captured Wounded – El Hombre Sin Nombre, 2 Guerillas