1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.
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Tony Selby ...
 Cpl. Percy Marsh (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
David Janson ...
 Ken Richardson (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
Gerard Ryder ...
 Matthew Lilley (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
Brian Pettifer ...
 Bruce Leckie (34 episodes, 1975-1978)
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 Jakey Smith (27 episodes, 1975-1977)
Lori Wells ...
 Alice Marsh (22 episodes, 1975-1978)
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1955 called up into R.A.F. a group of young men find it hard to cope,especially with a corporal who is unhappy and takes it out on them.

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Marmite maybe
19 November 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps only viewed as a somewhat nostalgic memory. I was a volunteer in the army starting life as a boy soldier engineer at Chepstow but due to being thick moving on to the cavalry in what was then known as the ROYAL SCOTS GREYS. My training was at Catterick and while the live in barracks were new much of our time was spent in the wooden hut like buildings learning things like Guard duty. Yes her we would meet the character represented by Alfred Marks but thankfully not the drunk liable to destroy a career of a just starting soldier. I must admit that I never met a Corporal Marsh type in my training days as a boy soldier or my Catterick days. I was and do not remember a swearing at me or us instructor or a bully so cannot fully appreciate the humour of such comedies other than as a stereotypical effort. corporal Marsh was no Sgt Major Shut up Williams as in 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum'. Perhaps the RAF was not able to conjure up a background such as the army did with here and the ARMY GAME with Bootsie and Snudge. How could a public that had more perceived knowledge of the military as it being the army understand that in Get some in we are historically told is an effeminate old fashioned hair oiled RAF. Do not understand this gel headed perception This is trying to show the RAF doing its best to be animal like its senior arm. A load of Wannabes possibly. Admittedly it does have the RAF Regiment which is effectively the same as the army but in RAF blue. It guards airfields but is not an aggressive arm to my knowledge. Due to this it can spend more hours perfecting those now non essential drill movements making them a most accomplished drill smart unit that can carry out a choreographed movement lasting some time and envied. The real ARMY in times gone by did this under fire. But conversely I was with 23 Parachute Field Ambulance for some time and I can relate that for the parachute period of training the Paras are not entrusted with this but it is carried out by the RAF. Perhaps due to a less aggressive training attitude giving the lie to Marsh's training principles.

While this has not been a positive review the series did crate a diversion recently for me but in its day due to my service commitments missed so much. I did however see It Ain't half hot mum start and even the last few series as I had left the army by then. Get some in did not match up. Dads army coming from a different viewpoint also was much superior. While I can empathise with any conscript in any part or the services it does not always transfer on to the silver screen. This is a vehicle for making money and not to give history lessons or create nostalgia. I do not think that our actors were notable other than the swine Selby. The turn out in uniform shows that no one had much interest in realism unlike dear Windsor Davies who would not have looked out of place in the real world. Marsh while having been a CORPORAL for 8 years mu have had previous service. Assuming that he worked his way through the ranks I can give him a another three years from joining the RAF. This make surely his entrance at about 1944. Not a ribbon in sight for one entrusted with the moulding of recruits. In truth Marsh should never have been given this task. Training post wartime took on a new and more enlightened role. While I enjoyed this for a little nostalgia and the ability to laugh at idiotic behaviour. It is not a classic as suggested by I suppose Riff Raff veterans. In any case allow me to say that any ex service man who willingly gave his all, I do not mean gave his life, for his unit/ship/etc is to be applauded. May I be able to enjoy a good laugh at all the comedic situations that story tellers can without malicious intent conjure up for our entertainment. My overall thinking is that it showed National service with the RAF as opposed to the usual Army fare. It did introduce some new people into the TV world. Robert Lindsay of course its main export.


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