The Better 'Ole

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   What was once a 
peaceful French village
  -- now headquarters
   of German troops.

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Brigadier General, of
the Imperial Division.

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"Your Excellency, all of
our Divisions are ready
    for the drive."

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"As soon as I receive 
word from our agents,
we'll strike through 
the Boucaret Sector."

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The British held their
own along the front
lines - but were unaware
that the enemy was
planning the biggest
drive of the year.

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Bert Chester, an
agent of the British
Secret Service - but
his regiment knew him
only as a private.

	. . . Harold Goodwin.

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"Did you locate the
rest of our wiring
     party?"

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"I made a thorough search,
poor devils - I guess an
  explosion got 'em."

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"D'ye think they got
     Old Bill?"

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Private William Busby,
thirty years in the 
service of His Majesty,
and affectionately 
known as 'OLD BILL'.

	. . . Syd Chaplin.

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Little Alf - Old Bill's
greatest worry.

	. . . Jack Ackroyd.

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"Let's get out of
 this damn 'ole!"

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  "If you knows of a
better 'ole - go to it."

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"If I catch a cold -
it'll be your fault!"

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"The trouble with you 
is - you ain't got your 
  mind on the war!"

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"We thought you were 
    gone, Bill!"

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"I looked all over -
  where were you 
      hiding?"

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"'idin' 'ell - does I look
     like a bloomin'
       Corporal?"

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"What d'ye mean sloshin'
   my old woman with
          mud?"

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"You might 'ave 'it
     the King!"

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"I didn't mean it Bill
- strike me pink, I
       didn't."

22
"Forgive me, Alfie -
this war's beginin' to
 get on my nerves."

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"Let's 'ave a little
'armony - and forget
this bloomin' war."

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'Take me back to dear old Blighty -'

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Corporal Austin - the
bully of the regiment.

. . Ed. Kennedy.

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"You know it's against
the rules to be hollerin'
   in the trenches!"

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"I wasn't 'ollering - I
  was singin' through
       my nose."

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"We're goin' back to
Boucaret for a two
   weeks' rest."

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"But for breakin' the 
trench rules - you're
goin' on fatigue duty."

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"We'll whisper it this time
  - soft and crescendo."

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A hearty welcome
awaited the British
Veterans on their
return to Boucaret.

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No Man's Land was
soon forgotten under
 the spell of a 
sweetheart's smile.

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"Allow me to present
 me future Missus."

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"Blimey - won't Bill be
jealous when he sees
us with our wimmen!"

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"It must be awful to be
an old man, and 'ave to
  go 'round alone!"

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"You little weazel --
fatigue duty for you!"

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"ATTENTION!"

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"FORWARD MARCH!"

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"ABOUT TURN!"

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"PRESENT ARMS!"

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"- if this happens again,
you'll be demoted to a
       private!"

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"From now on, you
ain't never goin' to
   get a rest!"

43
"Oh Gawd - control
my temper till this
   war is over."

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Major Russett --

 . . . Charles Gerard.

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 Gaspard, owner of
 the Rooster Inn -
furtively engaged in
    espionage.

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"Ham and eggs -
 and a pigeon,
  possibly."

47
"Cook 'ouse is blowed
 long since, Bill!"

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"To 'ell with Bill -
I told you to call 
    me first!"

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"Just for that - load the
hay wagon - take it off,
 then put it on again!"

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 "For Gawd's sake,
I'm tryin' to sleep!"

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"Well, you slept right
 through breakfast."

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"What's the matter,
       Bill?"

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"I didn't get any 
   breakfast."

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"I understand someone's
 been stealing eggs
    around here."

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"If the army was full of
 fools like you, we'd
lose the war in a week!"

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"It's against the rules
to kick a man -- in
     the army!"

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"Well, you didn't see 
 me do it, did yer?"

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"No, but I felt it!"

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"Pick up that stick!"

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"That sure had a kick 
   in it, Corpie."

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"Shell-shocked!"

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"Come piggy, piggy."

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"Quick! I've got a spy!"

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"'e was reachin' for
a carrier pigeon in
    that barrel."

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"HE'S A SPY!"

66
"Who caught this man?"

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"Back to your fatigue 
       duty!"

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"I've had my eye on him
for days and caught him
     red handed."

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"Call the guard -"

70
"There is still a chance 
for your escape --
    good-bye!"

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"I discovered a spy and
 he tried to get away."

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"Me and the Corporal 
 just caught a spy!"

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"I just captured 
     a spy!"

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German headquarters
waited for news from
their spies before
starting their big
drive.

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"Telephone front line
trenches to stand by
for my signed orders."

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To the boys of Old
Bill's regiment - the
biggest thrill of the
war was their show
in Boucaret that
night.

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"It's a long way to Tipperary -"

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"The next time - fall
   on the flute!"

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"Keep your hands 
off that sword!"

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"Hey! Hey! - Don't
 get so personal!"

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"Who yuh stickin' -
  you silly ass!"

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"You had no business 
   bein' there."

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"Don't talk to me with 
a cigarette in your 
      mouth."

84
"From now on you
go my way an' I'll 
   go yours!"

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"BAH!"

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"Aw, go to 'ell!"

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"I ain't as dumb 
   as I look."

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"You couldn't be!"

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"Forgive me, Alfie, don't
  let a cigarette come
      between us."

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"Now get to work
before I get mad
all over again."

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"Where's my helmet?"

92
"I got it!"

93
"Clear the stage - the
show's an hour late!"

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"'urry and clear the stage
- I can't do everything
      around 'ere!"

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"Get in the horse so we
can get started - you
impersonate the hind
        end!"

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"I ain't goin' to be no 
   'orses rear end!"

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"You'll be the 
horse's neck!"

98
"Don't sew us in so
tight - if anything
'appens we'll never
     get out!"

99
"This southern exposure 
      is awful!"

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"DAUGHTER!"

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"I cooked Daddy's
lunch with my own
 little fingies."

102
"Sufferin' frankfurters -
  Ludendorf is comin'!"

103
"I'll save my little gal 
  from that crooked 
      pretzel!"

104
"A rousing cheer for 
   our Corporal!"

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"Three cheers for 
Old Bill and Alf!"

106
"Hurry and shoe Black
Beauty -- I've got to
  yodel in the Alps
      tonight."

107
"I'll die before I shoe 
  that Alpine Camel!"

108
"Harm not my father -
   harm not him!"

109
 "Shoe my thoroughbred -
or your gal goes with me!"

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"Shoe her Daddy -- shoe
her and save my honor!"

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"YOU BIG BUM!"

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"Shut up - and keep
       actin'!"

113
"This show was a splendid
idea - it will keep up the 
     boys' morale."

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"Whoa - Black
Beauty - whoa!"

115
"That's a nice girlie."

116
"Von Kirsh's army has
taken our front lines -
and is advancing on
     Boucaret -"

117
"Command an orderly 
retreat - against such
tremendous odds - I 
will not sacrifice my
        men."

118
"-- and get your full
 equipment at once!"

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Morning found Boucaret
in the hands of the
enemy.

120
"Give orders to undermine
Boucaret and all bridges
       at once."

121
"You take charge of the
dynamiting - when the
British are back here 
in Boucaret -- blow
       it up."

122
"Mach das Mittagessen
fuer den General fertig!"

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"Bring das essen heirher."

124
"Schneide die Wurst in
  Scheiben und mach'
  ein paar schoene
    Butterbrote."

125
"Du dummer Kerl - was
 soll das heissen?"

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"KAFFEE."

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"Nein."

128
"DU VERDAMMTER
     ESEL!"

129
"They are mining
 the city. Our
troops are heading
 towards death."

130
"Bill, you must escape
and warn our people."

131
"It's our own plane - they
 think we're the enemy!"

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The British re-enter
Boucaret under their
own barrage.

133
"This plunger will blow
  up the whole town."

134
"This plunger will blow
 up all the bridges."

135
"Arrest that man -
   he's a spy!"

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"I always knew you were
   a dirty traitor!"

137
"- he's a spy - I caught
him trying to blow up
      our boys!"

138
"Get a firing squad!"

139
"You'll get yours -"

140
"S. D. 9 - Intelligence
    Department - -
      reporting!"

141
"I was assigned to this
regiment to locate a
dangerous spy - there 
     he stands!"

142
"GET READY!"

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"AIM!"

144
"The General orders
you to stay Bill's
    execution."

145
"Bill -- will you
accept my sincerest
    apologies?"

146
"Sure - even a General
is liable to make a 
      mistake."

147
"- anything within my 
power is yours - just 
      name it."

148
"If it won't be too 
much trouble - can
 I be a Sargeant?"

149
"My boy, from now on
 you're a Sergeant!"

150
"I knew you were 
innocent all the
time Bill, old pal."

151
"Only yesterday, I was
braggin' about yuh to
    the General."

152
"Pick up that pipe!"

The End

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