History Literature / McAuslan

23rd Jul '16 11:45:24 PM foxley
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* UndersideRide: ''The Constipation of O'Brien''. The normally incompetent Private [=McAuslan=] slips past the guards during a night infiltration exercise by grabbing onto the underside of the truck bringing in 'captured' soldiers. Desperate to take a leak after the truck reaches its destination, he then blunders into the [[CaptureTheFlag red lamp that's the objective]], [[AchievementsInIgnorance accidentally winning the exercise]].
13th Jul '16 3:34:22 PM MadCormorant
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** Creator/TerryPratchett's invention of the boisterous, pugnacious and unruly [=NacMacFeegle=] can be directly traced to this representation of the Gordon Highlanders. Pratchett cites [=MacDonald=] Fraser as a favourite author and an inspiration; and individual Feegle such as Daft Wullie and Rob Anybody can be mapped to characters here like Daft Bob and Wee Wullie.

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** Creator/TerryPratchett's invention of the boisterous, pugnacious and unruly [=NacMacFeegle=] can be directly traced to this representation of the [[spoiler:the Gordon Highlanders.Highlanders]]. Pratchett cites [=MacDonald=] Fraser as a favourite author and an inspiration; and individual Feegle such as Daft Wullie and Rob Anybody can be mapped to characters here like Daft Bob and Wee Wullie.
25th Jun '16 5:27:45 AM AgProv
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* MyGirlBackHome: The various families of the men (and of [=MacNeill=] himself). [=MacNeill=] ends up going on a tour of his men's various families and friends when he's on leave in England.

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* MyGirlBackHome: The various families of the men (and of [=MacNeill=] himself). [=MacNeill=] ends up going on a tour of his men's various families and friends when he's on leave in England.Scotland and the Borders.
25th Jun '16 5:25:30 AM AgProv
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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[invoked]] Referenced throughout the series. Many stories mention the battalion band and its pipe-sergeant. One story focuses on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Findlater Piper George Findlater]], who won a Victoria Cross in Afghanistan for playing the pipes while injured. Another story is about a Highland dance so rousing that it draws in Englishmen and Arabs. And dozens of classic tunes are name-dropped, particularly ''Johnnie Cope'' which is used to wake the junior officers on Friday mornings -- from approximately two feet away.

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* SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic: [[invoked]] Referenced throughout the series. Many stories mention the battalion band and its pipe-sergeant. One story focuses on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Findlater Piper George Findlater]], who won a Victoria Cross in Afghanistan for playing the pipes while injured. Another story is about a Highland dance so rousing that it draws in Englishmen Englishmen, Arabs, and Arabs.German prisoners-of-war from the Afrika Korps. And dozens of classic tunes are name-dropped, particularly ''Johnnie Cope'' which is used to wake the junior officers on Friday mornings -- from approximately two feet away.


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** Creator/TerryPratchett's invention of the boisterous, pugnacious and unruly [=NacMacFeegle=] can be directly traced to this representation of the Gordon Highlanders. Pratchett cites [=MacDonald=] Fraser as a favourite author and an inspiration; and individual Feegle such as Daft Wullie and Rob Anybody can be mapped to characters here like Daft Bob and Wee Wullie.
15th Jun '16 9:31:47 PM MadCormorant
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* TheCityNarrows: Tripoli has the Suk, declared generally off-limits to the troops due to potential trouble with Arab nationalists among other issues. In "Fly Men", [=MacNeill=] and a few others end up having to go in to find a pair of deserters.
15th Jun '16 9:28:52 PM MadCormorant
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* TheCasanova: [[spoiler: Believe it or not, [=McAuslan=] himself, as revealed at the end of "Parfit Gentil Knight, But". A much more chaste example than most.]]
15th Jun '16 9:14:01 PM MadCormorant
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* PlayingCyrano: The rest of the squad, for [[spoiler:[=McAuslan=]]].

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* PlayingCyrano: The rest [[spoiler: [=McAuslan=] keeps in touch with a large multitude of the squad, ladies back home, but is illiterate. His squadmates therefore write his letters to them for [[spoiler:[=McAuslan=]]].him. A downplayed example, as most of what is written down is copied straight from [=McAuslan's=] dictation.]]
15th Jun '16 9:10:30 PM MadCormorant
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* PlayingCyrano: The rest of the squad, for [[spoiler:[=McAuslan=]]].
2nd Jun '16 1:44:37 PM 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.
2nd Jun '16 1:40:39 PM MadCormorant
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* AmoralAttorney: Captain Einstein presents a conniving image; [=MacNeill=] claims that he'd rather have notorious pirate Blackbeard Teach defending him in court than him. Einstein skillfully gets McAuslan acquitted of his charge of disobedience, though he bent the truth significantly to do so by presenting McAuslan as being a fastidious and upstanding soldier rather than a clumsy pigpen.

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* AmoralAttorney: Captain Einstein presents a conniving image; [=MacNeill=] claims that he'd rather have notorious pirate Blackbeard Teach defending him in court than him. Einstein skillfully gets McAuslan [=McAuslan=] acquitted of his charge of disobedience, though he bent the truth significantly to do so by presenting McAuslan [=McAuslan=] as being a fastidious and upstanding soldier rather than a clumsy pigpen.
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