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Fictional Int Corps character -- advice sought

#1
Gentlemen,

I am a civvy author (yes, published) and am writing a fictional novel about a former Guards officer whose talent for languages (he speaks Arabic & Persian) finds him tasked with interviewing EPW's at a facility on the outskirts of Kuwait City at the end of the Gulf War (ie GRANBY) in 1991.

I'd like to bring some credible detail (not very much!) to his imaginary career. How long would he have spent at Sandhurst? At Beaconsfield for language training? What unit would he have been attached to during Desert Storm? He is not the Regimental Intelligence officer, but has joined a specialised Int unit of some description.

Would be glad to correspond in greater detail, on or off the forum, with anyone who can offer pointers. Any help gratefully acknowledged, or unacknowledged.

Thanks merci shokraan
 
#5
Gosh, the Gulf War is classified! Given how many people know about it, that's a really embarrassing security breach!

Come on gents, enter into the spirit of things. In the name of literature. The configuration of the British Army isn't classified (though it may be arcane), so let's find a nice outfit for our fictional Captain, who's a jolly nice young soldier. Imagine my book gets made into a film and the protagonist is wearing the wrong-coloured beret, and you guys all start swooning and jeering. I couldn't face myself.
 
#6
Plato said:
Gosh, the Gulf War is classified! Given how many people know about it, that's a really embarrassing security breach!

Come on gents, enter into the spirit of things. In the name of literature. The configuration of the British Army isn't classified (though it may be arcane), so let's find a nice outfit for our fictional Captain, who's a jolly nice young soldier. Imagine my book gets made into a film and the protagonist is wearing the wrong-coloured beret, and you guys all start swooning and jeering. I couldn't face myself.
Unless you specify his beret colour in the book, I suspect the military advisor for the film could sort that out!

How about making him a member of the Special Handling and Interrogation Team, part of 49 Para?
 
#7
have you thought of the title of the book yet?
 
#8
speak to any member of the Int Corps, most of them are fictional charactors especially if you ask them what it is they actually do (usually if they think you know nothing of the Corps)! :wink:
 
#10
Filbert Fox said:
speak to any member of the Int Corps, most of them are fictional charactors especially if you ask them what it is they actually do (usually if they think you know nothing of the Corps)! :wink:
......... and then of course they may feel obliged to kill you and eat you .........
 

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#11
Plato said:
Gosh, the Gulf War is classified! Given how many people know about it, that's a really embarrassing security breach!

Come on gents, enter into the spirit of things. In the name of literature. The configuration of the British Army isn't classified (though it may be arcane), so let's find a nice outfit for our fictional Captain, who's a jolly nice young soldier. Imagine my book gets made into a film and the protagonist is wearing the wrong-coloured beret, and you guys all start swooning and jeering. I couldn't face myself.
Check your PMs, Plato.

Socrates
 
#12
Bambi said:
Filbert Fox said:
speak to any member of the Int Corps, most of them are fictional charactors especially if you ask them what it is they actually do (usually if they think you know nothing of the Corps)! :wink:
......... and then of course they may feel obliged to kill you and eat you .........
SHHH!
 
#13
cpunk said:
Plato said:
Gosh, the Gulf War is classified! Given how many people know about it, that's a really embarrassing security breach!

Come on gents, enter into the spirit of things. In the name of literature. The configuration of the British Army isn't classified (though it may be arcane), so let's find a nice outfit for our fictional Captain, who's a jolly nice young soldier. Imagine my book gets made into a film and the protagonist is wearing the wrong-coloured beret, and you guys all start swooning and jeering. I couldn't face myself.
Check your PMs, Plato.

Socrates
:roll:
 
#15
Piglet_Files said:
I left the Corps 8 months ago.....if you pay me a handsome "consultancy" fee I'll make it as believable as "Bravo Two Zero" :?
I trump your consultancy fee with the offer to spill the beans for a few bottles of a decent red wine.
 
#16
For extra authenticity you could include a sub- plot where he loses his pistol in a large supermarket
 
#17
I'm not a huge fan of reading, coul dyou not write a film script so i can just watch it instead?
 
#18
Only if the weapon in question is in the toilets!

How about Supreme Head of Intelligence Targeting, that used to work well with younger IOs! Made 'em feel important.
 
#19
Minnesota_Viking said:
Piglet_Files said:
I left the Corps 8 months ago.....if you pay me a handsome "consultancy" fee I'll make it as believable as "Bravo Two Zero" :?
I trump your consultancy fee with the offer to spill the beans for a few bottles of a decent red wine.
ANd I trump yours with the offer to tell all for a six pack of lager and some Golden Virginia
 
#20
So londonirish does speak -- for a six pack! Well -- you've all been most, um, expressive. The book will be called Raiders of the Lost Arrse and there'll be a braille version of the film for those of you who are a bit hard of hearing. With a bit of luck I can ask Andy McNabb to make a guest appearance with an OPSEC-defying toilet brush. Inspirational!
 

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