Lt Col A D Wintle MC

#2
Try Amazon or even better BBC
 
#3
Just read the Wikipedia link. Mad as a box of frogs but bloody amazing. Do we have people like this anymore is that a bygone era?
 

engr172

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I get down on my knees every night and thank God for making me an Englishman. It is the greatest honour He could bestow. After all, he might have made me a chimpanzee, or a flea, a Frenchman or a German

Classic!!!
 
#6
ISTR the film featured one howler when in flashback to WW1 - "Mons, France". Otherwise Jim Broadbentput him over effectively - how accurate he was would be down to those who knew the man.
 

engr172

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mushroom said:
I think I have it in a pile of several hundred tapes. I'll have a look for you.

The book is even better.
What is the book called?
Will try and hunt that down.
 
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engr172 said:
I get down on my knees every night and thank God for making me an Englishman. It is the greatest honour He could bestow. After all, he might have made me a chimpanzee, or a flea, a Frenchman or a German

Classic!!!
I wonder what this gentleman would make of being a citizen of the European National Socialist Soviet Union and especially, as a soldier, having to swear allegiance to President Bliar and his ugly wife, the First Woman.
 

BuggerAll

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lsquared said:
engr172 said:
I get down on my knees every night and thank God for making me an Englishman. It is the greatest honour He could bestow. After all, he might have made me a chimpanzee, or a flea, a Frenchman or a German

Classic!!!
I wonder what this gentleman would make of being a citizen of the European National Socialist Soviet Union and especially, as a soldier, having to swear allegiance to President Bliar and his ugly wife, the First Woman.
IIRC Col Wintle was schooled in Switerland and spent time in Germany and France - he was fluent in both languages and understood thier cultures. He liked them - in the way one likes ones pets and other creatures. He did not try to pretend that their cultures are equal to the British.

That said he would be horrified at what has happened to Britain now. I suspect the would consider horse whipping as being too good for the likes of Brown and his cronies.
 
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engr172 said:
mushroom said:
I think I have it in a pile of several hundred tapes. I'll have a look for you.

The book is even better.
What is the book called?
Will try and hunt that down.
I believe the book is called "The last Englishman" I read it when I was a tiny tot but it might still be in the old man's library.

One story that sticks in my mind is when his O.C took offence at his monocle,(he had injured his eye) and made him ride and jump on a company charger, all the way round the monocle stayed firmly in place and honour was satisfied.

I think he did his commision at Woolwich and seems to have looked down a bit at the chaps from RMAS.
 

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#11
#12
The Last Englishman

Published in 1968 by MICHAEL JOSEPH, IBSN 7181 0600 8

My copy cost £100 from E Bay and is currently out of my hands.

Some choice quotes,

'A good rule of life is never to be rude to anyone under the rank of full Colonel.'

There are two classes of insular Englishmen - those who think no foreigner is as good as an Englishman, through sheer ignorance.... and those who, like me, know it through experience.

As a boy living in France he came top in the nations Certificat D'etudes Primaires, with 99%. His father told him that 'I expect you were playing the fool otherwise you would have got 100%'
 
#14
I've only ever seen the Jim Broadbent thing on VHS.

Wintle makes an appearance in 'Most Secret War' by R V Jones. Reg Jones, a man cut from the same cloth as Wintle, was obviously (and rightly) a fan.
Spike Mays (the trooper Wintle orders not to die) published a number of books - Wintle doubtless appears in them.
C_C
 
#15
I rather like "Guy Fawkes was the last man to enter Parliament with good intentions."
 
#16
Clearly some experts posting on this thread. Please tell me, is this gentleman the man whose Daily Telegraph obituary showed him 'riding' a hunter 'upside down'?

A photograph appeared showing some fellow (Wintle? de Wiart?) 'clamped' to a horse but 'clamped' underneath the bloody thing - saddle slipping and all that!?

I've seen the photograph often; I am not and was not drunk; the photographs I saw were not published on April Fool's Day.

I bet it was this chap - 'clamped on' firmly - 'pointing' the right way, but underneath the horse!
 
#17
I'd have been terrified of this man, but doubtless admired and respected him. Occasionally an officer aspires to the level of eccentricity, but that's all it is; aspiration. This chap (bloke wouldn't cut it as an apt description) was a one-off. Nowadays, most officers seem to be interested in being a member of a management team and not in commanding.
 
#18
I've got both the book and the DVD. The former I got ages ago from my mother, the DVD I bought on Amazon last year. Both are absolutely brilliant, although the book is better. I identified Coldharbour - Wintle's house in Kent - on an OS Map recently. One day I intend to visit it as he is something of a hero of mine.
 
#19
Also liked the bit where he continued his "eccentricity" (probably the wrong word) when he left service:

"His deportment was such that, when once boarding a train at Victoria with a first class ticket, only to find that all the first class seats were taken, he marched to the front of the train and occupied the driver's seat until another first-class coach was added to the train.

He wrote later, "I had to teach British Railways a lesson" and it seemed that they did for another first-class coach was found, added to the train and Alfred Wintle became a national hero."
 
#20
"Great War peace signed at last." - Wintle's diary, 19 June 1919
"I declare private war on Germany." - Wintle's diary, 20 June 1919

"I get down on my knees every night and thank God for making me an Englishman. It is the greatest honour He could bestow. After all, he might have made me a chimpanzee, or a flea, a Frenchman or a German!"

Classic lines :)
 

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