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Charley's War (Vol. 7): The Great Mutiny Hardcover – December 28, 2010

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"Darkly spectacular... poignant and intelligently antiwar." Los Angeles Times

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Pat Mills has written countless comics stories, including 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd, Sláine and A.B.C. Warriors, as well as earlier classics like Charley’s War. He also created Marshal Law.

Joe Colquhoun worked on a large volume of titles in his 30-year career in the UK comics industry, including Lion, Champion, Buster and Battle. He is probably best remembered for his work on Battle, including Johnny Red and Charley’s War.
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  • Series: Charley's War (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; First Edition edition (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848567413
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848567412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.6 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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"Charley's War" was a comic strip that featured prominently in the British comic "Battle" (later "Battle Action" and then "Battle Action Force") and evolved into that comic's longest running strip, alongside "Johnny Red". Charley's War is the tale of Charley Bourne, who in 1916, enlists in the British Army at the age of 16, and before long is shipped off to the horrors of the trenches. Through his eyes (and occasionally his family's) the reader experiences the horrors of the war, in the trenches and on the home front. Titan Books began publishing the series of strips in hardback in 2005, releasing a new volume every year around October/November.

This volume, number 7 in the series and covering the period September to December 1917, is subtitled "The Great Mutiny" and is concerned initially with the disorder that arose during the Aisne campaign of 1917. It is generally well known that the French army mutinied following the disasterous opening day of the battle. It is a lesser known fact that elements of the British army, disillusioned with the brutality and remoteness of their senior commanders also refused to return to soldiering following a spell in the Estaples training camp, and it is in the midst of this camp that our hero finds himself. Initially joining the mutineers, he then is in the position of having to put down the insurgency. After the mutiny is over, Charley returns to the frontlines with his unit, volunteering for a spell as a stretcher bearer (the tone at this stage is quite solemn for a kid's comic, and at one stage the narrative jumps to 1982). This volume closes with Charley becoming seconded as a spotter for a sniper operating in no-man's land, opposite the stretch of trenches in which Corporal Adolf Hitler serving as a runner...
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The title may let you think the subject of the volume is the famous Great Mutiny and you would be totally mistaken. It only concerns the seven opening episodes. It is an event that only lasted a few days in September 1917 in the back camp of Etaples. It was started by the Scots reacting violently at the killing of one of them by the Military Police. The English, Australians and New Zealanders joined in after a while to free the prisoners detained in the detention camp waiting for their being shot by a firing squad. Charley joins this action because a friend of his, Weepers, is in that "detained situation." Then they refuse to drill and have a giant sit in. They were helped in this action by the deserters who are living underground near by in some cave known as the Sanctuary, led by Blue, essentially.

Apparently that sit-in blocked all operations in France on the English side and menaced the planned offensive in Passchendaele. The main Head Quarters tell the local Officer to yield on the demands of the rank and file. This leads to going back to business but without the strictest and most difficult drilling actions and leisure restrictions. Apparently the prisoners were not recaptured and fired, though Charley helps one to get to the underground Sanctuary. We have no indication on what happened to the others. In the mean time an agent of the secret intelligence of the armed forces has arrived and he has only one objective: to catch the leaders of the mutiny, that is to say the main leaders of the Sanctuary, the deserters' camp. That enables one soldier to give precisions about the way the French repressed a similar mutiny:

"HIS FRIEND BLUE TOLD HIM [Charley] ABOUT THE FRENCH MUTINY. . .
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