History Literature / TheMachineGunners

23rd Sep '16 3:24:08 AM Morgenthaler
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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 Sep '16 3:23:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* BritishAccents: "Aah divvn't knaa, like, but ah reckon thars some Geordie bein' used in this book." (I'm not sure chaps, but I believe someone may be employing the local dialect of the North East of England, in particular the Tyne and Wear area and it's inhabitants and rendering it phonetically, within this literary work.)
** The 1983 TV adaptation is 3 hours of genuine Geordie accents.
23rd Sep '16 3:23:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShellShockedVeteran: Chas' grandad is a WorldWarI veteran who, if he hears the rattle of kettle lid whilst it's boiling, will lapse into remembering his days in the trenches (the noise reminds him of the rattle of machine gun fire).

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Chas' grandad is a WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI veteran who, if he hears the rattle of kettle lid whilst it's boiling, will lapse into remembering his days in the trenches (the noise reminds him of the rattle of machine gun fire).
30th Aug '16 1:25:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* FriendOrFoe: The Home Guard averts this trope with the [[PolesWithPoleaxes Polish]] force after realizing that there was no enemy invasion and that the Poles were merely acting on their own to the rumors. [[spoiler: This is later played straight when the Poles, having failed to find any Germans, aid the police in searching for the children, who assume they are German by their language and fire upon them, causing both sides to believe they are German invaders.]]

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* FriendOrFoe: The Home Guard averts this trope with the [[PolesWithPoleaxes [[UsefulNotes/PolesWithPoleaxes Polish]] force after realizing that there was no enemy invasion and that the Poles were merely acting on their own to the rumors. [[spoiler: This is later played straight when the Poles, having failed to find any Germans, aid the police in searching for the children, who assume they are German by their language and fire upon them, causing both sides to believe they are German invaders.]]
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.
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