“Hostage to Death”
by L. Ron Hubbard
Publication date: July 1935
Original publication: Five Novels Monthly
Genre: Military & War
Story description: A Legionnaire, order to guard a railway station, has his comfortable assignment turned into a treacherous nightmare with the gruesome delivery of a severed hand.
Currently available as part of the Stories from the Golden Age series, in the book Hostage to Death.