Lt Col A D Wintle MC

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  1. A few years ago this chap was immortalised by Jim Broadbent in the BBCs series Heroes and Villains, does anyone know where I can get a copy of this film, preferably R2 DVD?

    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?
  4. I think I have it in a pile of several hundred tapes. I'll have a look for you.

    The book is even better.
  5. engr172

    engr172 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    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

  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.
  7. engr172

    engr172 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    What is the book called?
    Will try and hunt that down.
  8. 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.
  9. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

  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%'
  13. 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.
  14. I rather like "Guy Fawkes was the last man to enter Parliament with good intentions."