The Corps in Inglourious Basterds

#1
Had a watch of Tarantinos new film tonight - fantastic. As an aside, Lt Archie Hicox appears wearing the Int Corps capbadge, (blacked out on a cabbage beret). Is this the only, showing of the corps on screen? What other books (fictional) or films do we make an appearance in?
 
#3
The Third Man, written by Graham Greene is set in Vienna just after the war.

Several members of the Corps appear wearing their issue dufflecoats, they even get to play with guns!

The Corps had a section there until 1955 IIRC. Never worked there myself though, but once had a pal who was an arms dealer there.

He would like to meet you sometime. are you free next week?
 
#4
ironrations said:
Had a watch of Tarantinos new film tonight - fantastic. As an aside, Lt Archie Hicox appears wearing the Int Corps capbadge, (blacked out on a cabbage beret). Is this the only, showing of the corps on screen? What other books (fictional) or films do we make an appearance in?
I thought he waqs as well, but I thought it was more a Royal Marine beret. Cracking film either way!
 
#6
ironrations said:


Cabbage beret I was refering to was the RM/Commando one I thought!
<spotter>Quite rightly so, the cypress green beret appeared from nowhere at all around 1978 or so. Blackened King's Crown cap badge is all to cock, as well - bronzed or Brown bakelite cap badge from the SD hat would have been accurate. Still, the BD is a good effort (albeit post-war pattern), although I'd wonder at the MC and the Africa Star.</spotter>
 

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ironrations said:
Thats meant to be 1944, so would the africa star not be reasonable?
Entirely reasonable, IMHO, and the battledress is also consistent, as a privately tailored officer type (which you can, of course, see from the collar lining etc).
 
#9
Ken Follett's The Key to Rebecca featured an Int Corps major doing things in WWII Egypt and I think Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Laurens van der Post) had an Int Corps officer in it.

Of course, my work-in-progress, and predicted future best-seller, "TMA and Sub do 3 Shock Army" (subtitled "Carry On Up the Fulda Gap") will be the definitive Int Corps novel.
 
#11
Some of you old and crusty (like me) might remember Dennis Potter and one of his many weird and wonderful plays that were dramatised for TV....

Lipstick on your Collar and a young Ewan McGregor playing Pte Mick Hopper, a Russian Linguist in the Intelligence Corps.
 
#12
cpunk said:
ironrations said:
Thats meant to be 1944, so would the africa star not be reasonable?
Entirely reasonable, IMHO, and the battledress is also consistent, as a privately tailored officer type (which you can, of course, see from the collar lining etc).
I think Sir will find that's a 46 or 47 BD - the fly front and pleated pockets with concealed buttons would have been OK with a Canadian BD - but they were a more green shade. The collar was designed to be stand-and-fall until around 1950, I think.

My issue with the MC and Africa Star is that, if he's got them as a H/O officer and a Commando at that, he should probably be at least a Captain, especially if that's a little figure 8 on the ribbon.
 

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#13
Glad_its_all_over said:
I think Sir will find that's a 46 or 47 BD - the fly front and pleated pockets with concealed buttons would have been OK with a Canadian BD - but they were a more green shade. The collar was designed to be stand-and-fall until around 1950, I think.
Call me trainspotter-ish but... Gentlemen were encouraged to fork over for privately tailored battledress which was worn open, with a tie and with lined collar/lapels. P37 battledress had pleated pockets and concealed buttons, and officers would certainly have either had issue BD converted or had their own set made up. You may be confusing this with P40 'economy' BD which lost the pleats and had buttons on show to save time and materials.
 
#14
Dubb_al_Ibn said:
Ken Follett's The Key to Rebecca featured an Int Corps major doing things in WWII Egypt and I think Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (Laurens van der Post) had an Int Corps officer in it.

Of course, my work-in-progress, and predicted future best-seller, "TMA and Sub do 3 Shock Army" (subtitled "Carry On Up the Fulda Gap") will be the definitive Int Corps novel.
As played by Tom Conti. :wink:
 
#15
ironrations said:
Had a watch of Tarantinos new film tonight - fantastic. As an aside, Lt Archie Hicox appears wearing the Int Corps capbadge, (blacked out on a cabbage beret). Is this the only, showing of the corps on screen? What other books (fictional) or films do we make an appearance in?
The Last Outpost (1935)

is probably the earliest. However, I am sure that Bryan Forbes may know many more !

TMA - FILM 2009
 
#16
Glad_its_all_over said:
ironrations said:


Cabbage beret I was refering to was the RM/Commando one I thought!
<spotter>Quite rightly so, the cypress green beret appeared from nowhere at all around 1978 or so. Blackened King's Crown cap badge is all to c***, as well - bronzed or Brown bakelite cap badge from the SD hat would have been accurate. Still, the BD is a good effort (albeit post-war pattern), although I'd wonder at the MC and the Africa Star.</spotter>
Actually the Cypress green beret became the official Corps Headress on 1st July 1977 (I remember it well) and if he was dressed correctly, the sleeve titiles would be white INTELLIGENCE CORPS on a green background, not the Royal Marine Commando flashes, even if he had passed the all arms Commando course.

I also recall Roger Moore playing an Intelligence Corps Staff Officer in a true (ish) film about an Indian Army Yeomanry group of old officers who carried out a raid on a German ship in Goa. Also starred Gregory Peck and David Niven. I think it was called the Sea Raiders.

And wasn't Charles Dance an Intelligence Corps Sergeant in the Jewel in the Crown ?
 
#17
The missus has reminded me of another, Churchills Chief G2 has the green rank badges in "2 men in a boat" or "2 men went to sea" the story about the 2 home guard who "invaded" Nazi-held Europe. Cant find a pic though.
 
#18
I remember a film with Nigel Havers playing a young Int Corps Officer, set in WW2. Watched it on BFBS in Bosnia with a few old and bold, still serving. Film was utter shite and I can't remember what it was called.
 
#19
there was a TV film about a female intelligence corps officer at sandhurst a few years back. she got assaulted by some fellow officer cadets, so went on a "rampage of revenge" as uma thurman might say. cant remember the title.

P_F, lipstick on your collar - remember it was circa '93. didn't watch it myself, but my COS used to take the piss out of the corps once a week after it had been on the previous night. i gather, from his abuse, that the character wasn't the most masculine or capable of representatives?
 

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