History Creator / DerekRobinson

23rd Dec '17 11:50:15 AM nombretomado
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** ''Piece of Cake'' makes the point that, despite what Churchill said, the pilots of the Royal Air Force during the [[TheHomeFront Battle Of Britain]] were very much "daunted by odds".

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** ''Piece of Cake'' makes the point that, despite what Churchill said, the pilots of the Royal Air Force during the [[TheHomeFront [[UsefulNotes/TheHomeFront Battle Of Britain]] were very much "daunted by odds".
24th Sep '17 12:36:39 PM nombretomado
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* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar: The novel ''Kentucky Blues'' deals with the time period 1840 - 1870, seen as the parellel tales of two feuding white families and the slaves they are forced to emancipate in 1865.



** Although it is hinted that the initially {{Biggles}}-like pilot, Barton, survives the war to fly the first of the jets.

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** Although it is hinted that the initially {{Biggles}}-like Literature/{{Biggles}}-like pilot, Barton, survives the war to fly the first of the jets.
16th Jul '17 9:10:12 AM nombretomado
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** ''Damned Good Show'' is about Bomber Command in WW2. Not the killing machine that flied sophisticated four-engined heavy bombers; more the ramshackle outfit expected to fly pre-war designs over Germany in 1939 and 1940. The ''survivors'' get to risk things all over again in Lancasters. And one survivor of Lancasters gets to risk ''everything'' in the nuclear-armed jets...

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** ''Damned Good Show'' is about Bomber Command in WW2.[=WW2=]. Not the killing machine that flied sophisticated four-engined heavy bombers; more the ramshackle outfit expected to fly pre-war designs over Germany in 1939 and 1940. The ''survivors'' get to risk things all over again in Lancasters. And one survivor of Lancasters gets to risk ''everything'' in the nuclear-armed jets...
13th Jun '17 10:23:29 PM nombretomado
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* TheBrigadier: Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley fills this role to a tee. Although in the WW1 trilogy, a Brigadier appears who is competent, able and completely understanding of his pilots; he has risen through the ranks in the Royal Flying Corps, flown and survived combat missions himself, and is one promotion away from being a General even though he is only just over thirty. Testament to the incredible loss of life among combat pilots.

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* TheBrigadier: Air Commodore "Baggy" Bletchley fills this role to a tee. Although in the WW1 UsefulNotes/WW1 trilogy, a Brigadier appears who is competent, able and completely understanding of his pilots; he has risen through the ranks in the Royal Flying Corps, flown and survived combat missions himself, and is one promotion away from being a General even though he is only just over thirty. Testament to the incredible loss of life among combat pilots.
3rd Jun '16 11:49:50 PM Doug86
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Derek Robinson is an English writer. He wrote three novels about UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, three about UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, and several more about spies and secret agents. Other works include ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', about the British pilots who would have nuked Russia in any outbreak of WW3. He broke from type to produce ''Kentucky Blues'', a generational novel about the Deep South before, during, and after the American Civil War. All are BlackComedy edging toward {{satire}}.

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Derek Robinson is an English writer. He wrote three novels about UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, three about UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and several more about spies and secret agents. Other works include ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', about the British pilots who would have nuked Russia in any outbreak of WW3. He broke from type to produce ''Kentucky Blues'', a generational novel about the Deep South before, during, and after the American Civil War. All are BlackComedy edging toward {{satire}}.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: ''Goshawk Squadron'', ''War Story'', and ''Hornet's Sting''. All feature the exploits of the Royal Flying Corps.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo: ''Piece of Cake'', ''A Good Clean Fight'', and ''Damn Good Show''. Mostly about the Royal Air Force, with cameos from the Special Air Service, the Afrika Korps, and several reporters.

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: ''Goshawk Squadron'', ''War Story'', and ''Hornet's Sting''. All feature the exploits of the Royal Flying Corps.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: ''Piece of Cake'', ''A Good Clean Fight'', and ''Damn Good Show''. Mostly about the Royal Air Force, with cameos from the Special Air Service, the Afrika Korps, and several reporters.
21st Jun '15 4:22:02 PM AgProv
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* SpotOfTea: They're British, after all. In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', Squadron-leader Quinlan says, only half-jokingly, that if the Russians were gentlemen they'd delay Armageddon for a few minutes, to let us finish our tea first. (The Vulcan duty aircrat are at dispersal and their planes ready to be in the air within ninety seconds).

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* SpotOfTea: They're British, after all. In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', Squadron-leader Quinlan says, only half-jokingly, that if the Russians were gentlemen they'd delay Armageddon for a few minutes, to let us finish our tea first. (The Vulcan duty aircrat aircraft are at dispersal and their planes ready to be in the air within ninety seconds).seconds).
* TokenReligiousTeammate: Lieutenant Gabriel in ''Goshawk Squadron'', whose form of progressive madness involves speaking in Bible quotes, reciting psalms whilst killing Germans, and eventually taking the persona of the Angel of Death from Revelations and killing ''everybody'', regardless of nationality.
20th Apr '15 11:24:38 AM nombretomado
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** Averted in ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' as this is only a ColdWar. But subverted in that if they ever have to do it for real - EverybodyDies. And that is very literally '''everybody'''. The only fatalities in this book are the bookie who tries to blackmail a pilot with gambling debts, and by inference, the Russian spy who tries to compromise Silk.

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** Averted in ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' as this is only a ColdWar.SpaceColdWar. But subverted in that if they ever have to do it for real - EverybodyDies. And that is very literally '''everybody'''. The only fatalities in this book are the bookie who tries to blackmail a pilot with gambling debts, and by inference, the Russian spy who tries to compromise Silk.
20th Apr '15 2:43:57 AM AgProv
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** In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', a Russian "trawler" packed with electronic listening gear is buzzed at wavetop height by a Vulcan jet with all its electronic jamming gear full on. Between the jamming and the back-blast from the jet engines, it is left floundering in suddenly very choppy water in a deniable incident.
20th Apr '15 2:41:00 AM AgProv
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** Averted in ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'' as this is only a ColdWar. But subverted in that if they ever have to do it for real - EverybodyDies. And that is very literally '''everybody'''. The only fatalities in this book are the bookie who tries to blackmail a pilot with gambling debts, and by inference, the Russian spy who tries to compromise Silk.
20th Apr '15 2:37:51 AM AgProv
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** In ''Literature/HulloRussiaGoodbyeEngland'', Flight-Lieutenant Silk is bluntly told during conversion training to Vulcan jets that this isn't a Lancaster - you can't get out of your seat, nip down the fuselage and use the Elsan as these planes don't have an onboard toilet. "So see your bladder is empty when you get aboard as I want no bottles of piss spilling out over the wiring".
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