History Literature / McAuslan

27th Jan '18 8:45:32 AM MadCormorant
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* SurpriseWitness: After the prosecution starts poking large holes into his defense strategy of presenting [=McAuslan=] as an outstanding soldier, Captain Einstein flusters for a moment before calling Regimental Sergeant-Major Mackintosh to the stand. His testimony proves crucial in [=McAuslan's=] acquittal.

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* SurpriseWitness: After the prosecution starts poking large holes into his defense strategy of presenting [=McAuslan=] as an outstanding soldier, Captain Einstein flusters for a moment before calling Regimental Sergeant-Major Mackintosh to the stand. His testimony proves crucial in [=McAuslan's=] acquittal.[[note]]Though blunders on the prosecution's part also played a role, given that the prosecutor somehow forgot to ''cross-examine'' Mackintosh.[[/note]]
27th Jan '18 8:42:00 AM MadCormorant
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* IronLady: [=MacNeill's Aunt Allison=], as related in ''The Gordon Women''.
** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition. She may not be such a good storyteller, but her strength of will rubs off on [=MacNeill=], which gives him an ability to keep calm and press on even when the odds are against him--for instance, during a golf game which his team seems to be losing.

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* IronLady: [=MacNeill's Aunt Allison=], as related in ''The Gordon Women''.
Women'', SilkHidingSteel while among high society and... steely yet understanding when dealing with staff and tenants. Hell will freeze over before you see her sweat.
** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition. She Unlike his grandmother from Skye, she may not be such a good storyteller, but her strength of will rubs off on [=MacNeill=], which gives him an ability to keep calm and press on even when the odds are against him--for instance, during a golf game which his team seems to be losing.


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* NobleSavage: [=MacNeill=] speaks of the Highland Clans in mildly romantic terms, calling them "the last barbarians of Western Europe", while also acknowledging the shortcomings of such barbarism as well as the government's inspired channeling of said barbarism into its own military endeavors after the Highlands were subjugated.
14th Jan '18 9:26:40 AM nombretomado
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* KnightFever: Parodied, in reference to [=McAuslan=].
--> Oh yes. Private [=McAuslan=], N.B.G., Y.M.C.A. and Bar....
7th Dec '17 1:49:44 AM MadCormorant
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** [=MacNeill's=] Gordon uncle (Aunt Alison's husband) was also one in the First World War, according to a secondhand account relayed to him from the Dipper through [=McAuslan=]. He was the Dipper's commanding officer, and when the Dipper lost his eye, he'd brought him back from the field. The Dipper credits him with saving his life.



* HillbillyMoonshiner: [=McLaren=] in ''The Gordon Women.'' The local landlords try to catch him in the act, with an unenthusiastic [=MacNeill=] in tow; [=McLaren=] has [[spoiler:[=McAuslan=] and [=MacRae=] on his side.]]

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* HillbillyMoonshiner: Aeneas "The Dipper" [=McLaren=] in ''The Gordon Women.'' The local landlords try to catch him in the act, with an unenthusiastic [=MacNeill=] in tow; [=McLaren=] has [[spoiler:[=McAuslan=] and [=MacRae=] on his side.]]
3rd Nov '17 11:19:20 AM DustSnitch
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* DoAnythingSoldier: As Fraser puts it:
-->As a subaltern, you get used to doing pretty well anything. In my brief time I had been called on to command a troop-train, change a baby's nappies, quell a riot of Arab nationalists, manage a football team, take an inventory of buried treasure, and partner a Mother Superior at clock-golf. This was in the days when the British Army was still spread all round the globe, acting as sentry, policeman, teacher, nurse and diplomat in the wake of the Second World War, and getting no thanks for it at all. It was a varied existence, and if I'd been ordered to redecorate the Sistine Chapel or deliver a sermon in Finnish, I'd hardly have blinked an eyelid before running to the RSM pleading for assistance.

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* DoAnythingSoldier: As Fraser puts it:
-->As
it, his commanders have called to do everything from fighting nationalists to changing diapers and he wouldn't be surprised to have to paint the Art/SistineChapel.
-->''"As
a subaltern, you get used to doing pretty well anything. In my brief time I had been called on to command a troop-train, change a baby's nappies, quell a riot of Arab nationalists, manage a football team, take an inventory of buried treasure, and partner a Mother Superior at clock-golf. This was in the days when the British Army was still spread all round the globe, acting as sentry, policeman, teacher, nurse and diplomat in the wake of the Second World War, and getting no thanks for it at all. It was a varied existence, and if I'd been ordered to redecorate the Sistine Chapel Art/SistineChapel or deliver a sermon in Finnish, I'd hardly have blinked an eyelid before running to the RSM pleading for assistance."''
16th Sep '17 8:37:03 PM JackG
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16th Sep '17 8:34:46 PM JackG
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* YouWatchTooMuchX: When his unit is posted to a desert fort and part of their remit is to put down any "native uprisings", [=MacNeill=] concludes that some staff officer has been watching ''Theatre/TheDesertSong''. Given that the soldiers aren't silly enough to antagonise the locals (who are more interested in their own affairs than the nationalist sentiment of the city dwellers) they have no incentive to rebel.
16th Jul '17 10:48:27 AM nombretomado
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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Fraser is careful not to identify the regiment or its soldiers for the majority of the series, although in the Highland Games story involving all the Scottish units of the British Army, its identity can be deduced by elimination. Various real mottoes and incidents are also mentioned that can help knowledgeable readers trace the regiment.[[note]]For example, the regiment participated in the Stirrup Charge at Waterloo, and one of its Victoria Cross winners was Piper George Findlater.[[/note]] The last story in the last book, which involves the Colonel asking Fraser to sign copies of the first two books, reveals the regiment as [[spoiler:the 2nd Gordon Highlanders]] and names the Colonel: [[spoiler: R.G. "Reggie" Lees]], a genuine hero of WW2, identified in the books as Colonel J.G.F. [[spoiler:Gordon]]. The story also discusses the semi-fictional nature of certain characters, including Wee Wullie and [=McAuslan=] himself.

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* NoCommunitiesWereHarmed: Fraser is careful not to identify the regiment or its soldiers for the majority of the series, although in the Highland Games story involving all the Scottish units of the British Army, its identity can be deduced by elimination. Various real mottoes and incidents are also mentioned that can help knowledgeable readers trace the regiment.[[note]]For example, the regiment participated in the Stirrup Charge at Waterloo, and one of its Victoria Cross winners was Piper George Findlater.[[/note]] The last story in the last book, which involves the Colonel asking Fraser to sign copies of the first two books, reveals the regiment as [[spoiler:the 2nd Gordon Highlanders]] and names the Colonel: [[spoiler: R.G. "Reggie" Lees]], a genuine hero of WW2, [=WW2=], identified in the books as Colonel J.G.F. [[spoiler:Gordon]]. The story also discusses the semi-fictional nature of certain characters, including Wee Wullie and [=McAuslan=] himself.
18th Jun '17 1:50:13 AM JackG
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** [=MacNeill=] himself becomes this to his platoon--so much so that he ''still'' finds himself looking out for the eternally-benighted [=McAuslan=], even after their demobilization.

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** [=MacNeill=] himself becomes this to his platoon--so much so that he ''still'' finds himself looking out for the eternally-benighted [=McAuslan=], even after their demobilization. However he's unable to get the hang of it at first, and finds himself snapping and snarling at his men instead (earning the name "Darkie").
8th Mar '17 9:56:44 AM nombretomado
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* ChekhovsGun: The very fact that McAuslan [[spoiler:participated in the mounting of the guard at Edingburgh Castle gets turned into one during his court-martial; Captain Einstein uses this fact as key evidence in acquitting McAuslan, by arguing that McAuslan is so disciplined, fastidious, and trusted that he would naturally be selected to participate in a guard ceremony before royalty.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: The very fact that McAuslan [=McAuslan=] [[spoiler:participated in the mounting of the guard at Edingburgh Castle gets turned into one during his court-martial; Captain Einstein uses this fact as key evidence in acquitting McAuslan, [=McAuslan=], by arguing that McAuslan [=McAuslan=] is so disciplined, fastidious, and trusted that he would naturally be selected to participate in a guard ceremony before royalty.]]



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: McAuslan, mostly by accident. Wee Wullie, the battalion drunk.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: McAuslan, [=McAuslan=], mostly by accident. Wee Wullie, the battalion drunk.



* TheDeterminator: Wee Wullie, during a WWII incident. McAuslan to an extent.

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* TheDeterminator: Wee Wullie, during a WWII incident. McAuslan [=McAuslan=] to an extent.



* KnightFever: Pariodied, in reference to McAuslan.
--> Oh yes. Private McAuslan, N.B.G., Y.M.C.A. and Bar....
* {{Malaproper}}: McAuslan is prone to these, especially when trying to describe the constellations.

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* KnightFever: Pariodied, Parodied, in reference to McAuslan.
[=McAuslan=].
--> Oh yes. Private McAuslan, [=McAuslan=], N.B.G., Y.M.C.A. and Bar....
* {{Malaproper}}: McAuslan [=McAuslan=] is prone to these, especially when trying to describe the constellations.



** But also played for comedy, as when the ceremonial guard at Edinburgh Castle has to choose between a soldier who has just been drenched with paint and a soldier whose name is McAuslan.

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** But also played for comedy, as when the ceremonial guard at Edinburgh Castle has to choose between a soldier who has just been drenched with paint and a soldier whose name is McAuslan.[=McAuslan=].



** Averted by McAuslan, despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]]. Events conspire to make him a lance-corporal once, though both the misguided brigadier and the mischievous Captain Errol, during which time he proves to be quite a martinet.

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** Averted by McAuslan, [=McAuslan=], despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]]. Events conspire to make him a lance-corporal once, though both the misguided brigadier and the mischievous Captain Errol, during which time he proves to be quite a martinet.
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