History Literature / TheMachineGunners

5th Jun '13 9:38:23 PM Vasha
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-->-- '''Sergeant Green''', ''Literature/TheMachineGunners'' '''''The Machine Gunners''''', published in 1975 was the first novel written by English childrens and Young Adult author, Creator/RobertWestall. Based on his own experiences as a child in Tynemouth during TheBlitz, the book is the story of Charles "Chas" [=McGill=], a young schoolboy who collects 'war souvenirs'; pieces of fallen bomb, shrapnel from Anti-Aircraft fire, and other detritus of the bombings.
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-->-- '''Sergeant Green''', ''Literature/TheMachineGunners'' ''The Machine Gunners'' '''''The Machine Gunners''''', published in 1975 1975, was the first novel written by English childrens and Young Adult author, Creator/RobertWestall. Based on his own experiences as a child in Tynemouth during TheBlitz, the book is the story of Charles "Chas" [=McGill=], a young schoolboy who collects 'war souvenirs'; pieces of fallen bomb, shrapnel from Anti-Aircraft fire, and other detritus of the bombings.
5th Jun '13 9:37:54 PM Vasha
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The Machine Gunners, published in 1975 was the first novel written by English childrens and Young Adult author, Creator/RobertWestall. Based on his own experiences as a child in Tynemouth during TheBlitz, the book is the story of Charles "Chas" [=McGill=], a young schoolboy who collects 'war souvenirs'; pieces of fallen bomb, shrapnel from Anti-Aircraft fire, and other detritus of the bombings.
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The '''''The Machine Gunners, Gunners''''', published in 1975 was the first novel written by English childrens and Young Adult author, Creator/RobertWestall. Based on his own experiences as a child in Tynemouth during TheBlitz, the book is the story of Charles "Chas" [=McGill=], a young schoolboy who collects 'war souvenirs'; pieces of fallen bomb, shrapnel from Anti-Aircraft fire, and other detritus of the bombings.
23rd May '13 11:23:15 PM MudCrab
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** The dorsal gun position on a He111 is located just behind the cockpit area. Had an aircraft of this type broken up as described in the novel the machine gun in question would have ended up in the laundry building along with the wings and engine.
14th Jan '13 5:02:27 AM DoctorNemesis
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Fort, which is well-built but strategically in an almost entirely useless position. The Home Guard officers are well-aware of this, but are savvy enough to get the children on-side by complementing the workmanship and officially taking it off their hands for use by the Home Guard.
14th Jan '13 4:53:52 AM DoctorNemesis
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* DespairEventHorizon: Suggested of Nicky's mum, who seems to have turned to alcohol and drunken sex with the sailors billeted with her out of grief after the death of her husband and Nicky's father at sea.
14th Jan '13 4:51:33 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The novel treats this rather cynically, however, by the sheer fact that [[spoiler: Boddser would have beaten Chas to a pulp had Chas not used his weapon]], and the self-righteousness of the adults is undercut with an element of hypocrisy in that there are rather a lot of British boys fighting a war with guns at that very moment.
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** The novel treats this rather cynically, however, by the sheer fact that [[spoiler: Boddser Chas was outnumbered by a gang of bigger boys who would have beaten Chas to a pulp had Chas not used his weapon]], and the self-righteousness of the adults is undercut with an element of hypocrisy in that there are rather a lot of British boys fighting a war with guns (i.e. weapons) at that very moment.
14th Jan '13 4:47:24 AM DoctorNemesis
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** The novel treats this rather cynically, however, by the sheer fact that [[spoiler: Boddser would have beaten Chas to a pulp had Chas not used his weapon]], and the self-righteousness of the adults is undercut with an element of hypocrisy in that there are rather a lot of British boys fighting a war with guns at that very moment.
22nd Nov '12 3:48:03 PM Roguemind
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During one air raid, a German Heinkel bomber is shot down and crashes in the woods near to [=McGill=]'s home. He finds it one morning and discovers that it's rear turret machine gun is still in place, intact and in full working condition. This, he decides, will be the finest war souvenir he's ever collected. With the help of a group of his school friends, he steals the gun and hides it, eventually building a secret hiding place for them to keep the weapon away from the prying eyes of grown-ups. But the police and his teachers know someone at the school stole the machine gun from the wreck, and [=McGill=] is one of the prime suspects. How long can they keep the gun and its hiding place a secret, from both the adults ''and'' [=McGill=]'s collection rival, school bully Boddser Brown. Things are further complicated when the gang almost shoots down a Me 110, causing it to ''actually'' be shot down by a trio of three Spitfires. The rear-gunner bails out and manages to blunder into the children's secret fort and be captured by them. They can't let him go; in case he tells the authorities about them. What to do with a captured German airman and a stolen machine gun, especially when the signal of a German invasion comes.
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During one air raid, a German Heinkel bomber is shot down and crashes in the woods near to [=McGill=]'s home. He finds it one morning and discovers that it's rear turret machine gun is still in place, intact and in full working condition. This, he decides, will be the finest war souvenir he's ever collected. With It is only during the help of a group of next bombing that he gains another plan, to gather his school friends, he steals friends together to create a fortress of their own to fight the gun and hides it, eventually building a secret hiding place for them to keep the weapon away from the prying eyes of grown-ups.Germans themselves. But the police and his teachers know someone at the school stole the machine gun from the wreck, and [=McGill=] is one of the prime suspects. How long can they keep the gun and its hiding place a secret, from both the adults ''and'' [=McGill=]'s collection rival, school bully Boddser Brown. Things are further complicated when the gang almost shoots attempts shoot down a Me 110, causing it to ''actually'' be shot down by a trio of three Spitfires. The rear-gunner bails out and manages to blunder into the children's secret fort and be captured by them. They can't let him go; in case he tells the authorities about them. What to do with a captured German airman and a stolen machine gun, especially when the signal of a German invasion comes.

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During one air raid, a German Heinkel bomber is shot down and crashes in * FriendOrFoe: The Home Guard averts this trope with the woods near to [=McGill=]'s home. He finds it one morning and discovers [[PolesWithPoleaxes Polish]] force after realizing that it's rear turret machine gun is still in place, intact there was no enemy invasion and in full working condition. This, he decides, will be that the finest war souvenir he's ever collected. With Poles were merely acting on their own to the help of a group of his school friends, he steals rumors. [[spoiler: This is later played straight when the gun and hides it, eventually building a secret hiding place for them Poles, having failed to keep the weapon away from the prying eyes of grown-ups. But find any Germans, aid the police and his teachers know someone at in searching for the school stole the machine gun from the wreck, and [=McGill=] is one of the prime suspects. How long can children, who assume they keep the gun are German by their language and its hiding place a secret, from both the adults ''and'' [=McGill=]'s collection rival, school bully Boddser Brown. Things are further complicated when the gang almost shoots down a Me 110, fire upon them, causing it both sides to ''actually'' be shot down by a trio of three Spitfires. The rear-gunner bails out and manages to blunder into the children's secret fort and be captured by them. They can't let him go; in case he tells the authorities about them. What to do with a captured believe they are German airman and a stolen machine gun, especially when the signal of a German invasion comes. invaders.]]
17th Nov '12 9:19:56 AM Odon
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* ItWorksBetterWithBullets: After surrendering to what he thinks is a group of soldiers armed with a machine gun, Rudi is annoyed to find it's a bunch of kids whose machine gun doesn't work.
17th Nov '12 9:10:21 AM Odon
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-->-- '''"Clogger" Duncan''', ''The Machine Gunners''
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