History Literature / McAuslan

28th May '16 11:14:44 AM MadCormorant
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* ScreamingPlaneBaby: Or rather, Screaming Train Baby. In "Night Run to Palestine", [=MacNeill=] gets dragooned into taking charge of a troop train heading into Jerusalem after missing his connecting flight back to his unit at Cairo, and at one juncture he is forced into helping taking care of a married young couple's babies, including changing diapers while the husband is out looking for hot water. The twins are of course crying their heads off. [=MacNeill=] notes that after his own experience of fatherhood, he could have changed diapers in thirty seconds flat, but as a young Lieutenant the skill was quite beyond him at the time.
25th May '16 11:42:27 PM MadCormorant
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* UltimateJobSecurity: Wee Wullie has it. He has a list of offenses longer than his immense arm, but the Colonel will shift heaven and earth to keep him with the battalion. The Adjutant reveals that this is due to Wullie performing an astonishing forced march through the desert during the African campaign.

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* UltimateJobSecurity: Wee Wullie has it. He has a list of offenses longer than his immense arm, but the Colonel will shift heaven and earth to keep him with the battalion. The Adjutant XO reveals that this is due to Wullie performing an astonishing forced march through the desert during the African campaign.
19th May '16 1:37:33 PM MadCormorant
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* CatchPhrase: The corporal captaining the battalion football team says one before taking to the field at every game: "Awright fellas, let's get stuck intae these [insert unflattering nickname for opposition team]." Against the team composed of captured Afrika Korps troops, for instance, it becomes "Awright fellas, let's get stuck intae these Huns." Leads to the BoomerangBigot situation as described above, where years later, when the man captained a professional team who was playing the Celtics on that occasion: he said a Hail Mary, fingered his crucifix, then told his team, "Awright fellas, let's get stuck intae these Papes."
19th May '16 1:25:11 PM MadCormorant
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--> General MacCrimmon had a fine agility at the pas-de-bas, and a decent sense of the time. Och, aye, he wass not bad, not bad... for a Campbell.[[note]]The Argylls recruited from historic Clan Campbell territory.[[/note]]

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--> General MacCrimmon [=MacCrimmon=] had a fine agility at the pas-de-bas, and a decent sense of the time. Och, aye, he wass not bad, not bad... for a Campbell.[[note]]The Argylls recruited from historic Clan Campbell territory.[[/note]]
19th May '16 1:24:27 PM MadCormorant
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** One particular rivalry of note is the one between [=MacNeill's=] own regiment and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.[[note]]Which is also a huge hint as to the identity of [=MacNeill's=] regiment.[[/note]] The pipe-sergeant, for instance, grudgingly admits after the inspecting general officer, General [=MacCrimmon=] (who had previously served in he Argylls), successfully organizes a 128-man Highland Reel:

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** One particular rivalry of note is the one between [=MacNeill's=] own regiment and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.[[note]]Which is also a huge hint as to the identity of [=MacNeill's=] regiment.[[/note]] The pipe-sergeant, for instance, grudgingly admits after the inspecting general officer, General [=MacCrimmon=] (who had previously served in he the Argylls), successfully organizes a 128-man Highland Reel:
19th May '16 1:21:07 PM MadCormorant
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** One particular rivalry of note is the one between [=MacNeill's=] own regiment and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.[[note]]Which is also a huge hint as to the identity of [=MacNeill's=] regiment.[[/note]] The pipe-sergeant, for instance, grudgingly admits after the inspecting general officer, General [=MacCrimmon=] (who had previously served in he Argylls), successfully organizes a 128-man Highland Reel:
--> General MacCrimmon had a fine agility at the pas-de-bas, and a decent sense of the time. Och, aye, he wass not bad, not bad... for a Campbell.[[note]]The Argylls recruited from historic Clan Campbell territory.[[/note]]



** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother.

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** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother.grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition.
29th Mar '16 1:26:19 PM AgProv
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** TruthInTelevision: this is ''exactly'' why the American Army begged to borrow a Scottish unit to assist at a tense time during the occupation of Baghdad. The Black Watch fought alongside the US Army, taking care to bring kilted pipers, and had a significantly easier time of it than the Americans. It is suspected somebody in the US military hierarchy had been reading the [=McAuslan=] books and thinking both intelligently and creatively.

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** TruthInTelevision: this is ''exactly'' why the American Army begged to borrow a Scottish unit to assist at a tense time during the occupation of Baghdad. The Black Watch fought alongside the US Army, taking care to bring kilted pipers, and had a significantly easier time of it than the Americans. It is suspected somebody in the US military hierarchy had been reading the [=McAuslan=] books and was capable of thinking both intelligently and creatively.
29th Mar '16 1:13:10 PM AgProv
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* {{Homage}} is paid to the [=McAuslan=] series in an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', '''The General Flipped At Dawn''', when General Bartford Hamilton Steele The Third finally loses it entirely at Hawkeye's preliminary court-martial hearing (by dancing off to the tune of 'Mississippi Mud'.
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.
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