History Literature / McAuslan

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.
20th Oct '16 6:42:22 PM MadCormorant
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* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Despite the Admiral's busybody tendencies as a landlord, [=MacNeill=] admits he must have been responsible for some of these back in active service during the war--after all, being an admiral would have meant completing such daunting tasks as sailing a carrier battle-group through the notoriously difficult to navigate Straits of Magellan at breakneck speed.
6th Sep '16 11:44:32 PM MadCormorant
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* WrongInsultOffence: In ''[=McAuslan=] In The Rough'' one of the pipe-sergeants is recalling a heroic predecessor; Piper Findlater, who earned a VC on the Afghan border when he stuck to his task under fire and wounded because, he said, he didn't want his regiment to be beaten by a pack of "beastly niggers". One of the listeners (quite enlightened for 1950s UK) complains that Findlater should not have said that, and the sergeant telling the story remarks "Nor he shouldn't, and you're right for once. They wass not niggers; they wass wogs".[[hottip:*:Even in racist Britain, "nigger" would be specific to dark-skinned ''Africans''; "wogs" was applicable to brown-skinned foreigners of Arabic hue or darker.]]

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* WrongInsultOffence: In ''[=McAuslan=] In The Rough'' one of the pipe-sergeants is recalling a heroic predecessor; Piper Findlater, who earned a VC on the Afghan border when he stuck to his task under fire and wounded because, he said, he didn't want his regiment to be beaten by a pack of "beastly niggers". One of the listeners (quite enlightened for 1950s UK) UK[[note]]But then again, he is an ardent Communist, so he would be far less preoccupied with race than he is with socioeconomic class[[/note]]) complains that Findlater should not have said that, and the sergeant telling the story remarks "Nor he shouldn't, and you're right for once. They wass not niggers; they wass wogs".[[hottip:*:Even in racist Britain, "nigger" would be specific to dark-skinned ''Africans''; "wogs" was applicable to brown-skinned foreigners of Arabic hue or darker.]]
26th Aug '16 10:28:31 AM MadCormorant
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** Also his [=MacDonald=] grandmother, who is of a stern Presbyterian disposition.

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** 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.
15th Aug '16 1:46:41 PM JackG
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* PricelessPaperweight: Inverted with a treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
** Played straight with the table service of the officer's mess, which is made up of priceless booty collected by the regiment over three centuries. The below-mentioned RebelLeader donates a combat knife that becomes the battalion's cheese slicer.

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* PricelessPaperweight: Inverted with a treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
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Played straight with the table service of the officer's mess, which is made up of priceless booty collected by the regiment over three centuries. The below-mentioned RebelLeader donates a combat knife that becomes the battalion's cheese slicer.


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* WorthlessTreasureTwist: A treasure trove of paper bills - that are no longer legal tender now that the war's over and Mussolini's finance ministry no longer exists to validate them.
15th Aug '16 1:20:47 PM JackG
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* WhoWouldBEStupidEnough: After [=McAuslan=]'s short-lived reign as a lance-corporal, [=MacNeill=] says that at least he didn't lose a guardroom. When [=McAuslan=] responds with this trope, [=MacNeill=] is too embarrassed to admit that he'd been busted down from lance-corporal several times, the last for having a guardroom tent stolen from over his head while he was asleep.
13th Aug '16 10:30:02 AM MadCormorant
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* DrillSergeantNasty: [=McAuslan=] himself during his brief stint as lance-corporal.
9th Aug '16 1:27:12 PM Divra
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* KnightFever: Pariodied, in reference to McAuslan.
--> Oh yes. Private McAuslan, N.B.G., Y.M.C.A. and Bar....
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