The General Danced at Dawn

The General Danced at Dawn The General Danced at Dawn is a collection of short stories by George MacDonald Fraser published first during and featuring a young Scottish lieutenant named Dand MacNeill It is a generally fond

  • Title: The General Danced at Dawn
  • Author: George MacDonald Fraser
  • ISBN: 9780006176817
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Paperback
  • The General Danced at Dawn is a collection of short stories by George MacDonald Fraser, published first during 1970 and featuring a young Scottish lieutenant named Dand MacNeill It is a generally fond fictionalization of life in the British army, specifically the Highland Infantry Division, soon after the end of the Second World War.

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  • George MacDonald Fraser

    He is best known for his Flashman series of historical novels, purportedly written by Harry Flashman, a fictional coward and bully originally created by Thomas Hughes in Tom Brown s School Days The novels are presented as packets of memoirs written by the nonagenarian Flashman, who looks back on his days as a hero of the British Army during the 19th century The series begins with Flashman, and is notable for the accuracy of the historical settings and praise from critics P.G Wodehouse said of Flashman, If ever there was a time when I felt that watcher of the skies when a new planet stuff, it was when I read the first Flashman.

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  • The General Danced at Dawn is the first book in a set of three semi-fictional memoirs of Lieutenant Dand McNeill, based on the first-hand experiences of George Macdonald Fraser. The book has a weak overall story arc, consisting of a set of anecdotes about various incidents, as McNeill makes his way from Burma, via the Middle East, to Edinburgh. Told in a light-hearted fashion, each of the stories has a humorous tone, being more amusing than laugh-out loud, as McNeill blunders through various scr [...]


  • I first read this, many moons ago and forgot about it over the years. Having a Scottish Infantry background (now far behind me) it brought back some wonderful memories. Frasers (God Rest Him) style of writing and his obvious grasp of the absurd and ridiculousness of authority and the establishment is wonderful to witness. He has written other books, concerning his (thinly disguised) Highland Regiment and Pte McAuslan, the dirtiest soldier in the world, who is almost certainly, the thinking behin [...]


  • This series of stories is told from the point of view of a very junior British officer in the years just after World War II, assigned to a Scottish regiment in Occupied North Africa. All the stories are hilarious, one way or another. Dand MacNeill gets selected for officer training in the first story, by way of an obstacle course, gets acquainted with his new regiment in the second story, and from there things get even funnier. You meet the regimental characters, and learn a lot about Glaswegian [...]


  • This book - about 'the bonnie lads, no-longer-warring warriors in their sporrans, kilts and Glengarry bonnets, of Colonel Elphingstone-Hamilton's crack Highland Regiment' at the close of WWII ’as they make their hilarious odyssey homeward from the Middle East to Edinburgh Castle' - was made even better by my father's annotations from when he was in a Scottish regiment in WWII (later Egypt) attesting to the reality of this funny work of 'fiction' from the explanations of army speak (turn on sta [...]


  • A book full of stories about the military life.There's a note that it's all fiction, but if you read the whole series, the afterword to the third book explains the meaning of it. (His old colonel regarded that statement as a libelous lie. He wasn't fictitious.)How our narrator came to be an officer; it involved losing his pants. Also Hogomanay Night, various discipline problems within the ranks -- one of them with a full-blown court martial -- and our narrator's adventures with a train and a boa [...]


  • This is a set of linked short stories about an officer's experiences in the British army (Highland regiment) right after World War II. It was given to me by someone who knows I played the bagpipes, and the book is definitely for a reader who likes 1) Scottish personalities and dialects, 2) British army life, or 3) regimental humor. It IS funny, especially knowing some of the inside jokes, and I enjoyed reading the story about a legendary piper, because I knew all the tunes referred to.


  • Monsoon Selection Board audio adaptation read by Tom Fleming, review.Corporal David MacNeill attempts to become an officer, as the Second World War draws to a close in India.The reader does a good job of realising the pathos and humour of an ordinary Scotsman applying for a role as an officer but coming up against a panel of stuffy English gentlemen. The applicants face a number of challenges from psychological analysis to an assault course drenched in mud.


  • If George MacDonald Fraser wasn't dead, I'd be wanting to bear his bairns. This is perfectly weighted writing, and will touch a nostalgic nerve with anyone who has ever been lumbered with a billet full of Glaswegians.


  • Notes of Flashman, but less 'funny' and more fun. Good-natured and sympathetic humour, with a subtle lesson dropped in here and there. Good value.



  • While better known for his Flashman books I truly love these stories of "Dand" MacNeil and the regiment. A vastly under rated and should much more appreciated suthor


  • Amusing tale of postwar Scottish regiment centers on degenerate-Pvt. MacAuslan. Fun, but not as clever as the books I have read in Fraser's "Flashman" series.


  • For my money: the best natural story teller I've come across - not in the Flashman series - but here in the McAuslan series. Effortless story telling by a master.



  • Very funny memoirs of his army career by the author of the Flashman books.Televised years ago as "The dirtiest soldier in the world"



  • Actually, the private acquits himself rather well in this entertaining book about the end days of World War II. I enjoyed it as well as I enjoyed any of his Flashman books - so, very well indeed!



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