Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread II

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Peabody-Martini, Sep 17, 2018.

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  1. ejpsan Well-Known Member

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    I wonder besides Tilo who else knows that Kiki is Imperial Princess Kristina?
    I think that Stabstarzt Lehmann should be told just as a precaution just in case he finds out about it accidentally because he seems to me someone who will react badly to being out of the loop.
    Kiki is finding out that just as she thinks she has earned her place in one way, it starts all over again in a new place and she has to earn respect for herself in a different situation.
     
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  2. docfl dazed and confused

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    Oh shit, Princess is on front line. Why do I think the brown fecal matter is about to hit the rotary air movement device.
     
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  3. Dan I am happy to work with anyone, except everyone.

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    Yes Kiki, this is EXACTLY what you signed up for. Keeping men in fighting condition isn't just life saving battlefield surgery, often the work is dirty and unglamorous, but keeping the men on their feet, teaching them stuff like personal hygiene, (which she will end up doing), IS life saving in its own way.
    So yes, you signed up, this is the job. Deal with it. And if you can't take a joke, you shouldn't have joined. x'D

    This does echo back to my previous comment though. Kiki will become very grounded as she grows up, and she will grow up fast. This will become very apparent when she next meets Freddy. She'll be more like a wolf than a whippet by then and she won't even realised she's changed.

    This is experience, especially if/when it kicks off, that will act like a millennium of pressure. She'll either crumble into dust, turn as dark as coal or become a diamond.

    Which of those she becomes is obviously in the hands of @Peabody-Martini, although I know which I would prefer. ;)
     
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  4. holyknight Well-Known Dude that comments here and there.

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    That isn't in doubt.

    What is in discussion, given that Kiki in a sense is pretty much the adoptive daughter in a sense of Kat, and thus, associated with the "luck" of the Mischner family, it will be in HOW MUCH SHIT, she will have been gone through by the end of the Korean War, if she will rack a kill count or not, or possibly be the first nurse to earn the EK1 & EK2, and what screws loose will get in the process.....
     
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  5. jlckansas Well-Known Member

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    Tilo him self will, more than likely, have his old NCO buddy Reier keeping tabs in some way on Kiki. My question is this: Is Reier the Sergeant Major of the Division?, or is he on the personal staff of Tilo and acts as the "Left Hand of God", because the right hand is the Division SGM.
     
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  6. holyknight Well-Known Dude that comments here and there.

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    Try "Left Boot-up-your-arse of God", that is more likely in Reier's case.
     
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  7. Mandolin Well-Known Member

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    I'm reminded of a Willie and Joe cartoon where a medic notes that he has to consult with another medic, as Medic 1 is "just a simple country doctor" and medic 2 is allegedly a "foot specialist", or some such.

    Can't find it online ATM.
     
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  8. mkemp Well-Known Member

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    Diamond, of course. Kat has annealed Kiki against most of the physical and many of the mental stresses she's likely to undergo.
     
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  9. mkemp Well-Known Member

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    "I'm jest a country doctor. If ya don't mind, I'll consult with PFC Johnson, th' big blister specialist."

    Bill Mauldin's Army: Bill Mauldin's greatest WWII cartoons, page 207
    ISBN 0-089141-180-1

    Edit:Google search for the title and you'll turn up a set of images (among other things.) This cartoon is one of them.
     
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  10. Loki-L Well-Known Member

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    Mentally transposing the comming events onto OTL pop-culture, I figure that while Kiki is set up to experience *M*A*S*H*, her friends might be about to experience some version of Dirty Dancing in the Baltics and maybe Easy Rider or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
     
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  11. Peabody-Martini Well-Known Member

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    Nope. There are things wrong with all of those comparisons. Also, the comedy relief being based on film where the protagonist gets everthing they want with no consequences is something that I have better taste than to do.
     
  12. weasel_airlift Well-Known Member

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    I suspect that, if the story went that direction, it, and everything else in this forum would shortly thereafter smell like vomit.
     
  13. FickleCrossroad Pizza-Cheesesteak 2020

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    I keep thinking that Ben is already in the Marines, and he's about to meet Kiki again the hard way. Which will lead to Nora Berg and Kat having a tense conversation on how to handle a heartbroken Kiki when she comes home.
     
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  14. Threadmarks: Part 89, Chapter 1382

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    Chapter One Thousand Three Hundred Eighty-Two


    26th July 1960

    Rural Chagang Province, Korea

    Everyone knew that the Marine Infantry were the worst of the worst troops that the German Military could produce. Karl just wished that Erik wasn’t so intent in reveling in that reputation.

    Presently, Erik had his bare feet propped up on the edge of their hole and Karl might had said something except Father Markus had ordered him to air out his feet and change his socks at least three times a day. It was the usual sort of trouble that Erik caused. When they had first met Father Markus a few months earlier he had seen right through the sort of games that Erik and Karl engaged in. The old buzzard had been a Parish Priest for years while pursuing medicine as a sideline. When the Second World War had broken out Catholic Priests and Monks had been heavily recruited by the Heer’s Medical Service. The Pope declaring that the war against the Soviets was a righteous cause and as close to a just war as could be attained in this era had caused them to join in large numbers. After the war most of them had gone back to the Church. Father Markus Lehmann had stayed in the Medical Service and had continued with his training to become a Surgeon. He still kept close to the men and that included his frequent declarations that neglecting personal hygiene was a sin. The Brass loved having Father Markus around for obvious reasons.

    There was also another thing that Karl had to keep in mind these days. He had recently been bumped up to Gefreiter, so his cousin was now his problem and Karl was finding that it was a full-time job. The Lieutenant would have kittens if he found Erik with his boots off. At the same time, the whole Platoon would get jammed up if Erik got sent to the rear because his feet were rotting, from the Lieutenant on down.

    “Father Markus had a new girl with him today” Erik said offhandedly. “Pretty but sort of shy and didn’t say a word, not that usual battle axe that he has with him.”

    “I saw her too” Karl said, “You should have paid less attention to her face and more to the rest of her.”

    “I did” Erik replied, “But she was wearing a flak vest and the uniform pants are baggy on women, so it was sort of hard to see very much.

    Karl hit his cousin as hard as he could on the shoulder for being such an idiot.

    “Ow!” Erik exclaimed, “What did you do that for?”

    “That girl is an Officer Aspirant you moron, she outranks us” Karl said, “And her gear has seen a lot of use.”

    “What’s that supposed to mean?” Erik said, his voice getting high pitched like it did whenever he felt he was getting treated unfairly. Karl hated it when he did that.

    Karl didn’t want to have to explain it to his cousin that when a pistol has been frequently drawn from its holster and fired it caused a network of creases and stains in the leather. The rest of her gear was similarly worn including that flak vest that Erik had not looked past the obvious. The pockets in the vest that held rifle magazines had been full even though she didn’t have a rifle with her today.

    Then Karl spotted a reflection on the hillside opposite of theirs seven or eight kilometers away. The Oberst had said that he would give an extra day of leave to whoever spotted an observation post across the river on the Chinese side…

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    Jonny had wanted to see the “Front Lines” of this pretend war that they had landed in. Their Chinese hosts had been happy to oblige. Looking through a forty-power spotting scope Jonny had seen little evidence of the Division that the Chinese had said dug into the hills across the river. Then of all things he had spotted a pair of pale bare feet belonging to a soldier who was sitting in a fox hole on the military crest of a ridge across the river. His buddy stood up and Jonny recognized the distinctive shape of the coal scuttle helmet. The Koreans used a similar helmet, but they liked to paint script on their helmets and seldom had a camouflage cover on it. Then the soldier stopped what he was doing, and it looked like he was staring back at Jonny. The bare feet vanished, and a second head popped up this one with sandy hair. The first soldier was pointing at right at where Jonny was.

    He cursed aloud when he saw that, they would have to be sending their best over here. Hellcats, Sealions or something worse if that was even possible. The speed with which Jonny had been spotted had just confirmed that.

    “What is it?” Ritchie asked.

    “I just saw who is camped out over there” Jonny replied.


    28th July 1960

    Mitte, Berlin

    It was midmorning when they finally left, and Zella was given two things by her mother. A leather-bound notebook that had taped to the inside cover international credentials saying that she was a Journalist for the Berliner Tageblatt and a compact Leica camera. As Zella was following her father down the street from their house, her mother and Walter waved goodbye. The plan was that Zella’s mother would meet them in Vladivostok where they would rest for a couple days until their vehicles and equipment were ready to be transported across the Pacific.

    That would be in a few weeks and several thousand kilometers down the road. Today, they would meet the lorry that was carrying their supplies and towing the caravan that would be home for the journey outside the city. Then they would turn east. They had planned this trip carefully and Zella would have liked to have seen China this time, but the current state of the region meant that they would be wise to travel far to the north of any potential conflict zone.
     
  15. StevoJH Well-Known Member

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    Is the Field Marshal going to stay retired or is he going to get dragooned?
     
  16. mkemp Well-Known Member

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    Zella, Emil and the whole traveling circus should stop after a bit less than a half day's travel on the first day to set up and take inventory to work out the bugs and go back to fetch anything that they didn't bring with them.
     
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    Paging Tang, 1 Scoop.
     
  18. ejpsan Well-Known Member

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    Our cast of characters in Kiki in Korea are beginning to settle in their roles, so let the misconceptions begin.
    The Chinese have better listen to Jonny as he knows what he talking about and the Iron Cross that he got from the Germans is more than proof enough that he has the credibility.
    The American people are not going to support any action in favor of China if they are the aggressors and Emil will report on that mood on his trip across America.
     
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  19. Dan I am happy to work with anyone, except everyone.

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    That should be common sense for Emil.

    Assuming someone doesn't do something stupid sending America off limits for Germans for a while...
     
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  20. EWilanO Well-Known Member

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    So, nobody is commenting on the fact that Johnny can't distinguish between the Kaisers problem children and their much meaner siblings?
     
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