Conor Dillon – Beginnings Excerpt 31
‘Once the volleys are fired, the enemy will be in confusion, they considered us as friends by the time they realise we are not, we should be amongst them clubbing them to the ground with out musket butts, if they run, which will likely happen, we take and hold the position until we are either reinforced or relieved.’ explained Conor.
‘What if they make a fight of it?’ asked Black Michael. ‘We’ll make them regret that decision, quite quickly, I would imagine,’ answered Conor grinning at his men. ‘What if they decide to surrender, what then?’ Queried Shamus. ‘Disarm them and truss them up so they are hors de combat and try to keep them out of harms way.’ Replied Conor.
Conor’s opportunity to put his plan in to action came sooner than expected. The Regiment was ordered to attack a fortified town, occupied by the Austrians. Several forays were made both by the Irish and the French, but all were repulsed by the Austrians who had fortified the town.
Conor and Black Michael did a reconnaissance of the town ands considered they had found a weak spot in the Austrians defences. Conor outlined his plan to his father and asked for permission to take his unit and try and break the stalemate.
His Father reviewed their plans and gave them his blessing, he asked if they needed any support. ‘It might help to have a company on standby, once we have fired two volleys, tell them to come running, there should be lots of prisoners to contend with.’ ‘You seem very confident, my boy! ‘Oh I am, Sir, I am.
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