History Series / Colditz

15th Oct '17 7:20:49 AM moloch
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* NaziNobleman: Played with. Player has a friend who's an Austrian aristocrat, and he hates the Nazis... but he still thinks the best chance for their defeat is for Britain to surrender, thinking that once the war ends, without a war to fight the German people would reject Nazism. Thus he's cooperating with German intelligence, and tries to recruit Player as a mole.

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* NaziNobleman: Played with. Player has a friend who's an Austrian aristocrat, and he hates the Nazis... but he still thinks the best chance for their defeat is for Britain to surrender, surrender (it's still 1940, which means this isn't ''quite'' as unthinkable as it sounds), thinking that once the war ends, without a war to fight the German people would reject Nazism. Thus he's cooperating with German intelligence, and tries to recruit Player as a mole.
3rd Sep '17 5:17:50 PM moloch
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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler:Wing Commander Marsh tries to get himself invalided home by pretending to be insane, despite being warned about how authentic a performance he'll have to pull off for it to work. Several other inmates start to worry that he's going insane for real, but it's left ambiguous. Once Marsh has been sent home, Preston receives a telegram from the man's wife that reveals he's been taken to a British mental institution, and he forbids anyone from attempting to use the same method again.]]

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[[spoiler:Wing Commander Marsh tries to get himself invalided home by pretending to be insane, despite being warned about how authentic a performance he'll have to pull off for it to work. Several other inmates start to worry that he's going insane for real, but it's left ambiguous. Once Marsh has been sent home, Preston receives a telegram from the man's wife that reveals he's been taken to a British mental institution, and he forbids anyone from attempting to use the same method again.]]]]
** This is a big part of [[spoiler: Tony Shaw's]] mindset. [[spoiler: He thinks he's incapable of contributing anything original in academia. In the war he became a hero purely by virtue of accidentally staying alive long enough - he only does solo reconnaissance missions because he doesn't think he can be trusted in a group effort. And in his DayInTheLimelight episode, he admits he just doesn't know how to live for himself anymore, so if the other prisoners want a larger-than-life hero, that's what he'll give them, and he comes up with the glider scheme. He never "breaks character" again before the end of the series]].
3rd Sep '17 2:45:31 PM moloch
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: All the onscreen characters are fictional, including the camp commandant and chief of security, but many share similarities with real-life counterparts. Some are [[CompositeCharacter composites of real [=POWs=]]]. The plots and character drama are likewise invented, [[GreatEscape except for the escape attempts, which are all based on real attempts.]] To preserve the drama, the results of escape attempts are occasionally changed too - a real-life successful method was no guarantee of success in the series.
3rd Sep '17 2:30:27 PM moloch
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* EnemyMine: "Very Important Person" features quite a bit of this, heavily laden with CouldSayItBut - the Kommandant (a ReasonableAuthorityFigure) wants to prevent unnecessary bloodshed and finds the use of the Prominente prisoners as hostages unpalatable. Therefore, he implicitly asks Preston and Dodd to help him avoid either a) the SS taking direct control over the camp, with a bad outcome for everyone, both prisoner and Wehrmacht, involved, or b) some sort of prisoner uprising, which may end up leading to Option A anyway. But he can't be seen to explicitly ask this, even though the prisoners in effect hold the balance of power now, with the Allies so near.
3rd Sep '17 2:06:34 PM moloch
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** A German friend of Player's sees this stereotype developing in Britain, and despairs about it -- but he goes on to say that he thinks the best way to defeat Nazism is for Britain to surrender, bringing the war to a close and removing the Party's wartime support.



** A German friend of Player's sees this stereotype developing in Britain, and despairs about it -- but he goes on to say that he thinks the best way to defeat Nazism is for Britain to surrender, bringing the war to a close and removing the Party's wartime support.
3rd Sep '17 1:31:50 PM moloch
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* ChromosomeCasting: Naturally, everyone in the prison is male. Women feature in occasional episodes outside the prison, but only Simon's wife Cathy ever appears in more than one episode - and she appears only in two.
3rd Sep '17 1:27:40 PM moloch
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* CassandraTruth: Mohn in "Chameleon" says that after the war, it will be the Americans and the Germans against the Bolsheviks, and the Americans will need German efficiency. Senior American Officer Colonel Dodd laughs him off, but in that, at least, he was right - many Nazis would be given jobs or authority again by the Western Allies in the post-War years, in the name of fighting their erstwhile allies.
2nd Sep '17 5:00:15 AM moloch
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* SeriesContinuityError: Major Mohn practically leaps into a sidecar during "The Guests", despite being depicted before and after the episode as having trouble even sitting down in a chair because of his injuries. Additionally, he appears to drink alcohol in "Chameleon", even though he told the Kommandant in his introductory episode that he could no longer imbibe at all due to his stomach injuries. (Then again, it has been nearly two years since he arrived in Colditz, so he may have

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* SeriesContinuityError: Major Mohn practically leaps into a sidecar during "The Guests", despite being depicted before and after the episode as having trouble even sitting down in a chair because of his injuries. Additionally, he appears to drink alcohol in "Chameleon", even though he told the Kommandant in his introductory episode that he could no longer imbibe at all due to his stomach injuries. (Then again, it has been nearly two years since he arrived in Colditz, so he may have recovered sufficiently by then.)
2nd Sep '17 4:57:35 AM moloch
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* TechnicianVsPerformer: As escape officer, Pat Grant is the Technician, and Simon Carter leans more towards the Performer

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* TechnicianVsPerformer: As escape officer, Pat Grant is the Technician, and Simon Carter leans more towards the PerformerPerformer, with somewhat less technically-minded plans and more out-of-the-box thinking, like the glider and the ghost hole scheme.
31st Aug '17 5:56:12 AM moloch
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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Preston; also {{lampshaded}} in regards to the Kommandant, which Mohn regards as being a symptom of [[LimaSyndrome identifying with his British captives]].

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* OfficerAndAGentleman: Preston; also {{lampshaded}} in regards to the Kommandant, which Mohn regards as being a symptom of [[LimaSyndrome identifying with his British captives]]. Technically true of almost everyone in Colditz - all the main characters are of officer rank. George Brent's cricket duds and Tim Downing's handlebar moustache don't hurt the gentleman image either.



* SeriesContinuityError: Major Mohn practically leaps into a sidecar during The Guests, despite being depicted before and after the episode as having trouble even sitting down in a chair because of his injuries.
** Additionally, he appears to drink alcohol in Chameleon, even though he told the Kommandant in his introductory episode that he could no longer imbibe at all due to his stomach injuries.

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* SeriesContinuityError: Major Mohn practically leaps into a sidecar during The Guests, "The Guests", despite being depicted before and after the episode as having trouble even sitting down in a chair because of his injuries.
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injuries. Additionally, he appears to drink alcohol in Chameleon, "Chameleon", even though he told the Kommandant in his introductory episode that he could no longer imbibe at all due to his stomach injuries.injuries. (Then again, it has been nearly two years since he arrived in Colditz, so he may have


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* TechnicianVsPerformer: As escape officer, Pat Grant is the Technician, and Simon Carter leans more towards the Performer
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