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->''Many men came here as soldiers, many men will pass this way. Many men will count the hours as they live The Longest Day.\\
Many men are tired and weary, many men are here to stay. Many men won't see the sunset when it ends [[TitleDrop The Longest Day]].''
-->-- [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PwUJrVeLgY From the]] ThemeTune by Maurice Jarre and Paul Anka.

''The Longest Day'' is the title of a book by Cornelius Ryan describing the events of D-Day through the eyes of as many of the participants -- Allied, German and local inhabitants -- as he could find and interview.

In 1962, the book was made into a film with an AllStarCast and LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters. Rather than focussing on one particular group of participants in the manner of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'', the work aimed to provide an overview of the events of D-Day as they unfolded. Viewpoint characters include French resistance fighters, German generals and local commanders, Allied generals and commanders as well as members of the Airborne troops, Rangers, infantry, air force and navy components of the landings.

Because the film was made just 18 years after the events it depicts, many of the older actors had fought in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and some had even taken part in the landings -- Richard Todd even played his own commanding officer from 1944.[[note]]Todd had participated in the Pegasus Bridge operation as a young soldier, and is even shown in the film interacting with "himself", although this is never mentioned in the film. Supposedly, he was offered the chance to play himself, but he picked his CO instead because he felt his own role in the landings was too small. [[/note]]

Actors appearing as part of the AllStarCast in this film include Creator/RichardBurton, Creator/SeanConnery, Creator/HenryFonda, Creator/RobertMitchum, and Creator/JohnWayne.

Another Cornelius Ryan book, ''Film/ABridgeTooFar'', later got a similar all-star-cast big movie treatment.

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!!''The Longest Day'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* TheAce: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josef_Priller Josef Priller]], a fighter wing commander and one of the two German airmen later seen strafing the beaches on the day as mentioned below in WorthyOpponent (the other being his wingman Heinz Wodarczyk). His ace status is referred to during the phone conversation early on in the film in which he basically asks "where the hell are my planes?"
* AirstrikeImpossible: Though not highlighted in the film, in order for those two German planes to get to the beach to strafe them, they had to make it past all of the Allied fighter planes providing cover over that part of France. In order to make it ''back'' from the beach, they had to fly so low, when they landed they found that the tips of their propellers had been damaged from clipping treetops on the way.
* AmericaSavesTheDay: Averted. The British and Canadian divisions and French commandos of the Normandy landings do their part in reaching their objectives. Almost subverted with Omaha Beach, where the Americans were stuck until a HeroicSacrifice opens up the German defenses.
* AndStarring: The cast credits are announced as being in alphabetical order, but at the end of the list is "and Creator/JohnWayne"; he would otherwise have been third to last.
* AnyoneCanDie: This is a war movie about the Normandy landings where thousands of soldiers got killed. Half the cast is bound to die doing [[HeroicSacrifice something heroic]], [[TooDumbToLive something foolish]], ''or both'', before the credits roll.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Mostly averted, due to the source material being Ryan's nonfiction book (and by extension, interviews with the actual participants.) However, the film did help popularize a few misconceptions about the invasion without actually proposing them itself. Some notable ones:
** The Verlaine poem being ''the'' message to the French Resistance announcing the invasion. In reality, the message was code for one specific group to perform certain acts of sabotage; it just so happened that the Germans had learned of this code and correctly interpreted it to mean the invasion was imminent. However, the film ''does'' mention that different resistance groups got individual messages and shows a group of resistance fighters reacting to a completely different phrase -- "John has a long moustache."
** That the Ranger assault on Pointe du Hoc was a failure (or simply unnecessary) due to them not finding the coastal guns they were meant to destroy, which some see as implying that the guns had not been installed yet. In actuality, the Germans had moved the guns about a kilometer inland before (probably in reaction to air raids), and patrols sent out by the Rangers found and disabled them that same day.
* ArtisticLicenseShips: They tried to avert this by only showing the warships in silhouette, but all that did was exaggerate their obviously postwar lattice masts.
* AsYouKnow: Several speeches open this way.
* BadassPreacher: A paratrooper chaplain, having landed in a flooded field and under enemy fire, still takes the time to locate his communion set before heading for cover.
* BattleEpic
* BilingualBonus: Trilingual, actually. Half of the dialogue is in German and French in the original version, spoken by their native actors. While most instances are translated there are some instances the German running out of a bunker shouting "''bitte, bitte''"'. An American Ranger shoots him and then says, "I wonder what 'bitter, bitter' means.". "''Bitte''" is the German for "please".
* BloodlessCarnage
* ButtMonkey: "Sergeant Coffepot." He has exactly two scenes in the movie, one at the beginning where he's being ridiculed (from out of earshot) by a French civilian, the next one where he arrives at the beach just in time to freak out and run from the Allied bombardment.
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: ''Spectacularly'' averted by the French commandos shown taking Ouistreham, who continue the fight in the face of a nearly impregnable artillery position and some serious casualties. And by the French nuns who walk (not run) across the battlefield in the middle of the battle to provide first aid to the commandos. And by the French resistance group shown sabotaging a German train the previous night - particularly the woman who volunteers to distract the German patrol that's about to discover the explosives, and then takes on one of the soldiers herself when her diversion doesn't work out. And don't forget the French sailors in their ships who were part of the ships protecting the invasion force, who were willing to pay the ultimate price for their freedom by shelling their own homeland.
* ChromaKey: Quite obviously when Rommel speaks to his generals atop the ''Atlantikwall''; also during the landing-craft scenes.
* ColonelBadass: A number bear mentioning. Among them:
** "Pips" Priller, who led his unit -- ''all two planes of it'' -- in a strafing attack on Sword Beach, was an Oberstleutnant[[note]]Lieutenant Colonel[[/note]] at the time.
** Benjamin Vandervoort. Played by Creator/JohnWayne? Check. Regimental commander in the [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous 82nd Airborne]]? Check. Breaks his ankle on landing and refuses to leave his men... for [[UpToEleven weeks?]] Double check.
* DatedHistory: The book was written in ''1959'', and the film was released in ''1962''. But to its credit, only two major elements have been disproven by subsequent research:
** The 'Genius Generals, Stupid Hitler' myth promoted by German Generals' memoirs. Most German Generals, including the ''Wehrmacht'' General Staff, believed that the Norman landings were a diversion. Hitler actually displayed wisdom in trusting their professional opinion.
** The 'Honourable ''Wehrmacht''' myth promoted by ''Wehrmacht'' veterans. Though to be fair, the Germans really did consider the ethnically European soldiers of the Western Allies to be only slightly racially inferior to themselves and so did not commit atrocities against them with anything even approaching the usual frequency and intensity.
* DeadHatShot: The end credits are played over a still of an American infantry helmet upside-down in the sand.
* DeadpanSnarker: Loads and loads.
* DeathFromAbove: Both Allied and German planes are shown wreaking havoc, though the latter are heavily outnumbered and are forced to retreat after just one strafing run.
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: To give the film a documentary/newsreel feel, as well as to take advantage of actual footage that survived the landings themselves.
* {{Determinator}}: The Fighting 29th at Omaha, especially when it comes to destroying the wall that's pinning them down on the beach. When it's pointed out to General Cota that they've already tried to blow it up three times and been shot down every time, his order is to try again.
* DramaticGunCock: "Two clicks... I heard... two clicks..."
* DueToTheDead: Upon reaching Sainte-Mère-Église, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort's first priority isn't to take the town as ordered, but to get the bodies of the men who were killed while dropping into the town off of the trees and telephone poles they had landed on.
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: Many, this being a war film.
* ElitesAreMoreGlamorous: A lot of focus is given to the British and American Airborne, as well as the American Rangers and British and French Commandos. Justified, as these units were given the toughest and most critical missions in the invasion.
** In a meta example, young heartthrob/A-list actors were purposefully used to cast these units, to emphasize their prestige.
* TheEngineer: Naturally, when you're up against a big concrete wall, you call in this guy.
* EpicMovie: A three-hour epic war movie done by ''five'' directors working simultaneously, and according to producer Darryl F. Zanuck, more soldiers involved than in the actual Normandy landings!
* EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes: Bill Millin providing the advancing troops a jaunty marching tune.
* FaceHeelTurn: PlayedForLaughs with...Carrier Pigeons of all things.
* FieldPromotion: When Brigadier General Norman Cota (Creator/RobertMitchum) finds that the highest ranking Army engineer is Sergeant John H. Fuller, he promotes Fuller to lieutenant and puts him in charge of demolishing a concrete barrier.
* ForWantOfANail: the book emphasises a number of real-life coincidences which enabled the Allies to establish a ''much'' bigger beachhead than they really should have.
** Many units were less efficient because they were not controlled by their actual commanders, who were away from their posts to participate in previously scheduled war games - war games for the purpose of evaluating proposed strategies for repelling an Allied invasion across the English Channel.
** The overall commander of German forces in the region, who would likely have ordered a quick counterattack to stiffen the defence (Erwin Rommel) and might even have managed to reestablish contact with enough units to effect a small one, was away from his post because he took a short leave to visit his wife on her birthday.
** The overall commander of Germany's armed forces (Hitler), could nominally have started the process of moving reserve forces to the area several hours earlier if he had not been asleep with orders not to wake him. When ''The Longest Day'' was made, only expensive military texts (such as the relevant US or UK Official History volumes)could have told the film's creators that these reserve forces only had horses (and no tractors or trucks) and so could not have been moved (with their artillery) to Normandy province for several days anyway.
* ForegoneConclusion: There was absolutely no hope of preventing the Western Allies from establishing a beachhead given the sheer volume of Allied naval artillery. And anyone who grew up in the US, UK, or Canada and has even a ''passing'' knowledge of world history knows the Western Allies secure their foothold in Western Europe on 6/6/1944, and will go on to win the war.
* FourStarBadass:
** He didn't have the four stars, but Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt III (Creator/HenryFonda) was the highest-ranking officer on Utah Beach that day and the only General to land with the first wave. Walking cane and all. His presence and leadership proved essential when his division was landed a mile out of position. "We'll start the war from here."
** Brigadier General Norman Cota was Roosevelt's counterpart at Omaha Beach. When the assault bogged down in the face of immense German fire, he personally organized and led the attack that got the American assault moving.
* GeneralFailure: The German Military's General Staff believed that the Norman landings were a diversion, and that the Western Allies would soon send the 'real' and much larger invasion force to Calais. They also believed that the Allied invasion force would have more than a million frontline combat troops (against the real-life figure of just 600,000).
** The Germans have to ask Hitler for permission to use the 21st Panzer Division in a counterattack to limit the bridgehead's size, but no-one dares wake him up.
** A lesser example with Von Rundstedt: after Hitler is awake but still hasn't released the panzer reserves because the German General Staff believes that the Norman operation is a decoy attack, Blumentritt suggests that he call headquarters and make a direct appeal to Hitler. Rundstedt, who had already been fired by Hitler for insubordination during Operation Taifun (December 1941) and thereafter assigned to dead-end postings for two years, refuses - supposedly because he is enraged at the notion of "crawling on my knees to that Bohemian corporal? No! It's out of the question!" The appeal probably wouldn't have worked, but claiming to be refusing to even ask out of pride makes it this trope.
* GuileHero: To confuse the enemy as much as possible, the tricks used by the Allies include dropping Ruperts, small dummies looking like paratroopers that are rigged to set off internal firecrackers upon landing in decoy locations.
* HeroicBSOD: That horrified look on paratrooper John Steele's face as he dangles from the Sainte-Mère-Église church bell tower...
* HeroicSacrifice: Well, that wall wouldn't blow itself up...
* HollywoodNuns: At Ouistreham, a group of French nuns walk into the hotel where the French commandos are fighting from to tend to their wounded. This did not happen in real life.
* HomeGuard: The 29th Infantry Division.
* IronicEcho: The [[LaResistance Resistance]] code phrase, "Wounds my heart with a monotonous languor," gets repeated by Gen. Blumentritt when he realizes none of his superiors will do anything against the Allies landing at Normandy. He claimed that it was only at that moment that he realised that Germany would lose the war.
* {{Irony}}:
** Two characters, Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Vandervoort (Creator/JohnWayne) [Allies] and Major General Gunther Blumentritt (Curd Jürgens) [Germans], wonder aloud "which side God's on" to their respective subordinates.
** General Marcks, a Wehrmacht division commander, plans to assault Normandy while role-playing as General Eisenhower (the Allied commander), in the German war game in Rennes, because such a move is "inconceivable" to his colleagues. When news of the invasion comes to him, he can only look at the map and laugh at himself. When Marcks explains his attack plan to an underling, even he thinks [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]] is too cautious and would never use that plan. Cut to Eisenhower meeting with his Generals to discuss the weather conditions, with Eisenhower deciding "I'm quite positive we must give the order. I don't like it, but there it is. Gentlemen, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome I don't see how we can possibly do anything... but go."]]
** Also the aforementioned [[spoiler:DramaticGunCock]] moment. A young paratrooper lands in an isolated area, and suddenly hears somebody nearby. He instantly (as he was instructed) unpacks his little communication tool ([[http://www.windsweptpress.com/clicker.htm a.k.a. "The Cricket"]]), and gives a signal (one click-clack), and awaits two click-clacks in return, if the other person were another paratrooper. He in fact hears two click-clacks right away, and goes to greet the person in relief. Suddenly, [[spoiler:he is shot in the stomach. He manages to mutter, "Two clicks. I heard two clicks!" and dies. It turns out the mysterious person was a patrolling German. The two click-clacks the paratrooper heard was the German working the bolt on his rifle. The contraption designed to preserve the paratrooper's life instead caused his death.]]
** A great many important German officers were away from their posts on the morning of the invasion... so that they could participate in war games about a cross-channel invasion by the Allies - and in which the person selected to command the [=OpForce=] had chosen a battle plan that bore many similarities to the one Eisenhower came up with and implemented.
** In a meta example, SeanConnery (who is very proud of his Scottish heritage) complaining about somebody playing the bagpipes.
* ItsRainingMen: Including, unfortunately for those dropping, straight onto a heavily defended town they were supposed to land outside of, then march in to capture. And on a more humorous note, straight onto General von Salmuth's headquarters.
-->"Terribly sorry, old man. We simply landed here by accident."
** A variation also shows up in the form of troops being dropped in via glider (rather than parachute) in order to take a vital bridge.
* KnownOnlyByTheirNickname: [[AllThereInTheScript Unteroffizier "Kaffekanne"]] (Sergeant "Coffee-Pot"), played by Gert Fröbe, is called that because it is his job to deliver coffee (and breakfast) to the men on their outposts on the beach every morning.
* LargeHam: Priller is normally a DeadpanSnarker, but when addressing his superior, who's just informed him of the latest bureaucratic stupidity as though it were sense, he becomes a very hammy snarker.
-->"You were a lousy pilot when we flew into Russia. Now you're flying a desk and you're STILL A LOUSY PILOT!"
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MissionBriefing: Many of the Allied commanders are shown giving these.
* ModelPlanning: The French commandos use one during their MissionBriefing.
* UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons: Present, naturally.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: One German General, upon realizing that the Allies are going to get their beachhead and start driving his people back to Germany, tells his aide that he has a bottle of Napoleon Brandy he'd been saving for a special occasion. He bitterly notes that this is ''not'' the kind of special occasion he originally had in mind, but it would have to do.
* OfficerAndAGentleman: Most of the officer characters are portrayed this way - including on the German side. In their defense, when the book and film were made very few people were aware of just how 'Ungentlemanly' the ''Wehrmacht'' and its leadership had been.
* OhCrap:
** "Pluskat, where are those ships heading?" "STRAIGHT FOR ME!"
** The face of Sgt. "Kaffekanne" (Gert Fröbe) when said ships start to bombard the beach.
* OldSoldier: General Hans von Salmuth may not have the age, but certainly has the attitude fit for an old hand at war. When intelligence officer Meyer delivers his assessment of the code poem signifying the imminence of the invasion (even committing a faux pas in his urgency by bypassing the officer implied to be von Salmuth's own staff intelligence officer, whose duties would have involved handling and screening all intel passed on to his commander), the general calmly orders his army to be put on alert, and resumes playing cards with his fellow officers. Though even he is caught somewhat off-guard when British paratroopers are dropped (in error) into his headquarters.
* TheOner: A long overhead tracking shot of the Free French forces taking Ouistreham. It follows the troops running from cover to cover, crossing pedestrian bridges, taking fire, heading upriver toward a target that the camera eventually reveals is a casino building fortified into a massive German bunker. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzd1gCc5CO8 View it here]].
* OnlySaneMan: Blumentritt. He's the one German officer who can see this is the critical battle and tries to get his superiors to deploy the tank reserves that could stop the Allies. No-one listens to him.
* ParachuteInATree: There's a scene (BasedOnATrueStory) where paratrooper John Steele becomes snagged on the church spire in Sainte-Mère-Église. The real-life church now has an effigy of Steele hanging from its steeple as well as a stained glass window commemorating the invasion.
* PercussiveMaintenance: Captain Maud fixing a stalled Universal Carrier on the beach with a baton. The baton in the film was the genuine article used during the real landings.
* PrecisionFStrike: Col. Priller delivers one of these with just a "damned" at his superiors, who order to him to assemble his forces for a counterattack, not long after having dispersed his forces so far from the front that he has only 2 planes available.
* ProlongedPrologue: Only after 45 minutes of planning the invasion begins.
* QuickDraw: A scaled up version of this happens at Ouistreham, between a French ''tank'' and a German bunker, each of them swiveling their main gun towards the other as quickly as possible so they can shoot first. [[spoiler:The tank wins]].
* RatedMForManly
* LaResistance: Starring the one and only TropeNamer.
* RoadSignReversal: A Reversed Road Sign to Sainte-Mère-Église briefly confuses invading Allied forces, until an American officer sees through the trick and orders the sign cut down.
* RousingSpeech: Several, including the one given by Brigadier General Norman Cota to his men pinned on Omaha Beach: "I don't have to tell you the story. You all know it. Only two kinds of people are gonna stay on this beach: those that are already dead and those that are gonna die. [[DareToBeBadass Now get off your butts! You guys are the Fighting 29th!]]"
* ShellShockedVeteran: Creator/RichardBurton's character is a Battle of Britain veteran who is shot down over Normandy on D-Day.
* ShowSomeLeg:
** You're driving a hay cart with two Resistance operatives hiding in the hay. You need to get past a German checkpoint. So you arrange for an insanely-hot lady Resistance fighter to arrive at the checkpoint at the same time, riding a bike, showing off cleavage with a half-unbuttoned blouse. It works like a charm.
** Later subverted when she tries the same trick to distract a late-night German patrol from discovering the explosives in the railway tracks and nearly gets killed in the process.
* StormingTheBeaches: It's a dramatization of D-Day, of course it's going to have this. The film also shows all five beaches that the Allies landed on: Omaha, Utah, Sword, Gold, and Juno. This is all the more true at Pointe du Hoc, where the Rangers have to storm a beach ''with a cliff''!
* TakeAThirdOption: Rommel wants to fight right on the beaches, so close to the Allied troops that they will hopefully not dare to make use of their crushing and total supremacy in (ship-based) artillery, and destroy the beachhead. Rundstedt thinks that Allied artillery supremacy makes it impossible to destroy the beachhead and wants to establish a solid defensive line inland, just out of range of the Allied navy. As is typically the case in military matters, The Third Option falls under the GoldenMeanFallacy. Neither general has overall command and the only common link is back in Germany at Hitler's HQ (Which refused to mobilize the tanks without first consulting with Hitler, who was sleeping in that day), and neither plan has sufficient panzers for it to work.
* TankGoodness: A Free French Sherman tank is part of the force involved in liberating Ouistreham from the Germans. Other Shermans can be seen as part of the forces landing on the beaches. Averted with the Germans, who can't bring in their Panzers to stop the invasion without authorization from Hitler.
* TemptingFate: While scanning the beach, Col. Pluskat sighs "Not even a seagull..." At that precise moment, [[OhCrap the invasion fleet emerges from the fog.]]
** An even more egregious example with General Marcks, who's just explained his plan at the upcoming war-gaming exercise (where he's been assigned the role of Eisenhower): instead of invading in Pas-de-Calais during perfect weather as everyone expects, he'll invade in Normandy, taking the longer path, "and in terrible weather! Like now!" He then reassures his assistant that it is, thankfully, just a game: the real Eisenhower would never risk making such a gamble. "Never!"
* ThoseWackyNazis:
** Averted in the portrayal of most German officers, as when ''The Longest Day'' was produced most Western Academics were under the (false) impression that the German officer corps had been apolitical military professionals. Of course, we now know better.
** Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt was a rabidly anti-Communist, deeply racist, proud aristocrat and not a Nazi - and refused to ask UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler for permission to release the Wehrmacht's Panzer reserves, declaring that he would not "bow" to "that Bohemian corporal", ''diesen böhmischen Gefreiter?!'' Hitler had it set up so that only he could order the reserve Panzer divisions to move. The refusal to wake him on D-Day was costly. Though that's only what Blumentritt ''thinks'' to have happened. In reality, when Hitler woke up, he was more cheerful than ever about the invasion, because now he was actually able to reach a large Western Allied army for the first time in months, and crush them. He was so happy, that he started dancing and fell back into his original alpine Austrian dialect: ''O'ganga is! (It's on!)''.
** Actor Curt Jürgens, in his role as the German General Blumentritt, calls the German generals incompetent. Jürgens was actually imprisoned by the Nazis in his youth, so this might be considered a bit of TakeThat.
** The only time the phrase "Sieg Heil!" appears in the movie is graffiti on a bunker wall in Ouistreham.
* ThemeTuneCameo:
** A slower, slightly mournful version of the main theme is heard played by an RAF man on a piano in an early scene.
** And later one of the soldiers waiting on the ships plays it on his harmonica.
* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich: Upon hearing "John has a long mustache" on the radio, one Frenchman immediately rushes off to join his resistance cell in cutting the local phone lines, leaving his barely touched dinner behind.
* TitleDrop: When Rommel is discussing the need for building up mass defenses along the French shoreline: that Germany needs to repel any landing before the Allies can secure a firm foothold.
-->'''Rommel :''' Believe me, gentlemen, the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive. For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day... The longest day.
** TruthInTelevision as Rommel really did say this phrase, although without the dramatic repeat at the end.
* VillainBall / ThisIsYourBrainOnEvil: Hitler
* WarIsHell:
** The paratroopers crashing into Sainte-Mère-Église. The paratrooper caught on the belltower (John Steele, played by RedButtons) can only dangle and watch in horror as his fellow jumpers get mowed down. [[RealLifeWritesThePlot It really happened that way, too.]]
** Omaha Beach. Just... damn. The memorial on Omaha Beach is actually kind of Real Life Tear Jerker in itself (No matter that you smirk a bit when you have to go through metal detectors and checkout in order to enter it. And the fact that when you compare the giant memorial for US soldiers to memorials of other nation armies, which makes irony almost unbearable) -- it is nothing but cemetery. Stand in the middle and you can't see the ends.
** The Utah Beach unit climbing the cliffs to get at the big guns overlooking half the beach-head reach their objectives [[spoiler:only to find the Germans hadn't installed the guns into their bunkers yet. "You mean we climbed all this way... for nothing?"]] In RealLife it got worse when those secured positions were fired on by the warships anchored off-shore.
*** In RealLife it wasn't for nothing. The Germans had moved the guns inland prior to the invasion and the US Rangers found and destroyed them.
*** Between this scene and a scene in which one of the Rangers shoots two German soldiers attempting to surrender, many Ranger veterans were quite upset with their portrayal in this film, as they felt they'd been unfairly singled out to deliver the WarIsHell message.
** "He's dead. I'm crippled. You're lost. Do you suppose it's always like that? I mean war."
* WorthyOpponent: Most German soldiers. Special props to the ''two Luftwaffe pilots available'', whom even a British officer admired.
* UltimateJobSecurity: Priller (see TheAce above). Lampshaded a few seconds before we even meet him, when we find out that the reason he hasn't been court-martialed yet is that he's shot down over a hundred enemy planes. This allows him to chew out his own superior officer in a way that would almost certainly never be tolerated from a less exceptional pilot.

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