In the newest issue of Sporting Classics, readers will learn the harrowing tale of Sgt. Phleger, a U.S. Marine killed in Vietnam, not by the enemy, but by a tiger. The tale is a grisly reminder that nature doesn’t pause during man’s disputes, and that a tiger can be a dangerous foe for even an armed soldier.

This black-and-white film from the 1950s is far more lighthearted than the saga of Sgt. Phleger. Shot in the typical style of that era, it is, shall we say, a bit unrealistic. The days of tiger hunting are long gone and will likely never return, but it’s interesting to revisit those days of long-gone Bengal and hear the tigers roar once again from a hunter’s perspective.


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