History Literature / McAuslan

10th Jan '16 5:49:17 PM phoenix
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* TheBeautifulGame: The Glaswegian troops play football every waking moment when they're not on duty, and thus the battalion team is the best in the Mediterranean. ** To paraphrase the narrator, the English, Welsh, and Highland soldiers in the garrison all play soccer. The Glaswegians, on the other hand, are soccer players who have consented to do a little soldiering from time to time. And since there are over 600 of them, it's no wonder that most of the team later went professional.
30th Dec '15 9:57:54 AM StFan
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** When you begin to run out of fresh Scotsmen, you pull in, first, English soldiers from the barracks next door; then German prisoners-of-war from the PoW camp down the road; then Italian civilians resident in Tripoli; and finally Arabs riding in from the desert to check out the bagpipe music (noted as something loved by Arabs).
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** When you begin to run out of fresh Scotsmen, you pull in, first, English soldiers from the barracks next door; then German prisoners-of-war from the PoW POW camp down the road; then Italian civilians resident in Tripoli; and finally Arabs riding in from the desert to check out the bagpipe music (noted as something loved by Arabs).

* ThoseWackyNazis: [=MacNeill=] encounters a number of ex-[=POW=]s from the Afrika Corps and describes the cordial hatred between them and the Scots, but the one that takes the cake is the extremely loud and regimented Prussian giant who acts as his batman in a transit camp.
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* ThoseWackyNazis: [=MacNeill=] encounters a number of ex-[=POW=]s ex-[=POWs=] from the Afrika Corps and describes the cordial hatred between them and the Scots, but the one that takes the cake is the extremely loud and regimented Prussian giant who acts as his batman in a transit camp.
21st Oct '15 3:47:16 PM AgProv
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The King's hard bargains
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* TradingBarsForStripes: ''Fly Men''describes a soldier offered remission of a prison sentence provided he enlisted in the Army. [[AuthorAvatar Dand McNeill]] drily states that when this particular man was called up, the Maritime Division of the Glasgow Constabulary held a celebratory party. This soldier, along with another enlisted under similar circumstances, deserts in Tripoli, and [=McNeill=] is tasked with recapturing them.
19th Sep '15 12:59:54 PM JenBurdoo
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** Every time "Darkie" is referred to, he is apparently in a bad or "dark" mood.
4th Sep '15 7:56:43 PM nombretomado
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** Averted by McAuslan, despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]].
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** Averted by McAuslan, despite the well-meaning efforts of a brigadier who informs him there is [[NapoleonBonaparte [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte a baton in his knapsack]].
25th Aug '15 3:30:37 PM Thranx
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** This may have been a subtle (and not too politically correct) dig at the fact that the author served in Burma with the 14th Army. Drawn mainly from India and Commonwealth colonies in Africa, 14th Army was very likely the most ethnically diverse fighting force in the second world war.
23rd Jul '15 4:25:23 PM Divra
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** However, his host does ask him whether, as a private, he would have accepted [=MacKenzie=] as his platoon leader.
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** However, his host does ask him whether, as a private, he would have accepted [=MacKenzie=] as his platoon leader.leader, and is very pleased when he gets an affirmative answer.
23rd Jul '15 3:32:59 PM Divra
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NonIndicativeName: [=MacNeill=] recieves the nickname "Darkie" from his troops. It takes him quite some time to realise that he is "Darkie", since he is a white, grey-eyed, light brown-haired Scotsman.
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* NonIndicativeName: [=MacNeill=] recieves the nickname "Darkie" from his troops. It takes him quite some time to realise that he is "Darkie", since he is a white, grey-eyed, light brown-haired Scotsman.
21st Jul '15 6:34:29 AM Divra
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* NewsTravelsFast: It's a military unit, so gossip is the order of the day. MacNeill is, but probably shouldn't be, flabbergasted by how quickly memes and news spread through the battalion.
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* NewsTravelsFast: It's a military unit, so gossip is the order of the day. MacNeill [=MacNeill=] is, but probably shouldn't be, flabbergasted by how quickly memes and news spread through the battalion.

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* NewsTravelsFast: It's a military unit, so gossip is NonIndicativeName: [=MacNeill=] recieves the order of the day. MacNeill is, but probably shouldn't be, flabbergasted by how quickly memes and news spread through the battalion. nickname "Darkie" from his troops. It takes him quite some time to realise that he is "Darkie", since he is a white, grey-eyed, light brown-haired Scotsman.
21st Jul '15 6:34:29 AM Divra
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