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This thread came about while watching an old episode of "Dads Army" a British, fictional, but more true than many people believe, series about the Home Guard during WW2. Me and my wife started talking about our favourite fictional characters from war movies and series. It soon became apparent there were more characters than we first expected.

The series off the top of my head are

British;
Dads Army
Secret Army
Allo Allo
Sharpe

American;
MASH
NOT Bilko as it was not set in a war situation

Movies;
Rambo
Westerns (1850 - 1890ish) as I consider these as Pony Wars
Numerous WW2 movies that portray real events but have characters that have been created. So no Monty, Patton, Hitler etc
I am sure there are also many other movies but I am uncertain if a lot of the characters are fictional or not.

My personal favourites, that is until someone comes up with some I never thought of, are Cary Grants character, Walter Christopher Eckland, in Father Goose. Lieutenant Gruber in "Allo Allo" played by Guy Siner and the Gestapo agent Herr Otto Flick played by Richard Gibson also in Allo Allo.

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Biggles, Colonel Blimp, Captain Mainwaring, Sharpe, Renee Artois, Hawkeye Pierce, and I WOULD include Bilko irrespective of wartime. And Don Quixote cos he WAS at war in his mind

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whatambush wrote:

Dads Army
Allo Allo


Cary Grants character, Walter Christopher Eckland, in Father Goose. Lieutenant Gruber in "Allo Allo" played by Guy Siner
Gestapo agent Herr Otto Flick played by Richard Gibson also in Allo Allo.



A few additional Shows:

TV


Hogan's Heroes

Movies

Mr. Roberts
Operation Petticoat


I say that the ones I left in your quote are good ones to me. Some of my additional ones: Ensign Pulver from Mr. Roberts, Michelle of the Resistance in Allo, Allo.

I think in time I'll be able to add more
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Horatio Hornblower for the nautically inclined, Blackadder for those mildly eccentric and Bullshot Crummond* for the criminally insane.

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* This is indeed the parody of Bulldog Drummond and an excellent film.
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What about any of the characters from Kelly's Heroes? Especially Sergeant Oddball played by Donald Sutherland.


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Ah yes, how can one leave out Captain Blackadder & Private Baldrick, and Oddball?

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Edmund Blackadder/Baldrick (in Blackadder Goes Forth)
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From one of my all time favorite movies, war or otherwise. William Holden as Sgt. Sefton in Stalag 17.


"It's no use, Schulz, you might as well come clean. Why don't you just tell them it's me, because I'm really the illegitimate son of Hitler, and after the Germans win the war, you're going to make me the Gauleiter of Zinzinnati!"
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Steve McQueen as "The Cooler King" Cpt. Hilts in The Great Escape.


"I haven't seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over."
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whatambush wrote:
It soon became apparent there were more characters than we first expected.

Considering the huge number of films set during a war, I'm not at all surprised there are a huge number of interesting characters... This could be a very long list indeed. Off the top of my head:

Clint Eastwood's man with no name and others from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Jet Li's "Nameless" and others from Hero
Tomas and Tereze from The Unbearable Lightness of Being (includes Czech uprising, Soviet suppression)
Count Laszlo de Almásy, Katherine, Hana, Kip from The English Patient

George and Mary from It's a Wonderful Life (set during WW2, though most of it's not "in" the war)

And if non-historical wars are fair:
Aragorn from the Lord of the Rings films
Han Solo and friends of Star Wars fame (science fiction war)
Jim, Selena, Frank from 28 Days Later (science fiction / zombie war)
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Another great war movie, Bridge on the River Kwai starring Sir Alec Guinness as Col. Nicholson.


"What have I done?"

As was previously mentioned, there are so many good characters from film and television set during war. I could go on and on but the ones I posted are some of my personal favorites.
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Captain Miller and Sgt Horvath from Saving Private Ryan
Derfel from The Winter King
Sharpe from the various Sharpe's books but Sharpe's Sword is my fav.
Capt. Kilgore Apacolypse Now! ("Charlie don't surf!")
Sgt. Elias from Platoon (not a fav, but noticed he's so far unmentioned)


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Herr Oberst wrote:
Steve McQueen as "The Cooler King" Cpt. Hilts in The Great Escape.


"I haven't seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over."


As many people will know the film The Great Escape is based on a true story but as most of the escapees were RAF men, it is likely that Steve McQueens character is artistic license.

How could I of forgotten about Edmund Blackadder.
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Herr Oberst wrote:
Steve McQueen as "The Cooler King" Cpt. Hilts in The Great Escape.


"I haven't seen Berlin yet, from the ground or from the air, and I plan on doing both before the war is over."

See attached username
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What about Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders in "Combat!"
I loved that show when I was growing up. My friends and I would get into fistfights over who got to "be" Sgt. Saunders.
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Some of my personal all time favorites are from that guilty pleasure, Battle of the Bulge:

LTC Kiley, COL Hessler, MAJ Wolenski, Cpl Conrad and Sgt Guffy

Hey, its on Blu Ray now, I've got to get that.
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Zaitsev and Koenig in Enemy at the Gates (yes I know the former was real but hell if Jude Law ain't prettier than the real Vasily).

The entire ensemble of Full Metal Jacket.

And I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch.
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Let's not forget Aubrey and Maturin during the Napoleonics...
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Micael Caine, Stanley Baker and especially Nigel Green in Zulu, although they don't technically qualify as they were based on real characters vat Rorkes Drift.

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Tyrone Slothrop, but he's only in books, with Bobby Shaftoe as a second.
 
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Also, one of my favourite actors, Robert Shaw, in Battle of the Bulge. In that film he had his hair bleach blond. Also known for his starring roles in Jaws and The Sting, he tragically died of a heart attack in 1978 at the age of just 51.

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Biggles was the first book character to spring to my mind... it's probably a generation thing

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