A long, long trail a-winding
GONE are the days when British troops could be sent all round the world to protect a global empire on which the sun never set; when riflemen were paid in pennies and their lives were expendable pawns in an imperialist struggle to carve up the world. In those days poverty drove the desperate into the ranks of the red-coats. Now when troopers have to be paid as much as a western mercenary it’s a different ball-game.
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