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The General Danced At Dawn

The General Danced At Dawn by George MacDonald Fraser

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 board of inquiry that omitted a great deal.  His great uncle who had also been in the regiment leads to one story

And there's a general.  That story does indeed involve dancing.
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