March 1942: The US Army Corps of Engineers arrives in Hastings to build an aerodrome and Foyle needs to calm a local farmer whose land has been requisitioned by the government. Foyle also gets hooked into giving a lecture to the American GIs on local customs. It all takes a more serious turn when a local barmaid, Susan Davies, is found strangled. She had been seeing one of the GIs and was pregnant, but was also involved selling illegal whiskey for her employer, Alan Carter. Meanwhile Sgt. Milner investigates the death of friend, Will Grayson, who died in a house fire. He had been drinking at Carter's pub but wasn't drunk when he left and Milner can't quite figure out why his friend didn't get out of the burning house in time. Finally, Sam gets unhappy news from boyfriend Andrew. Written by
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Taylor and Susan are in the hay barn and hear gunshots. Taylor says it is probably Farmer Giles and his blunderbuss. J. R. R. Tolkien's story "Farmer Giles of Ham" does contain a blunderbuss and was written in 1939 but not published untill 1949. See more
On several occasions, military protocol was not followed by the American serviceman. In the real world, the behavior and disregard of basic regulations would have been dealt with severely. Some of the examples are, (1) the N.C.O.s did not salute the Captain on several occasions. (2) Foyle was invited by the Captain to speak to the NCO's regarding the local customs of the Brits. The sergeant spoke to Foyle with belligerence in a manner that would have caused embarrassment to his commanding officer.(3) When arriving into town, two privates were riding in the back of a jeep with the first sergeant driving and Captain in the front seat. The privates would have probably sent to the brig for making lewd comments and whistling at a young lady who at the time was giving the Captain directions. (4) Private Farnetti asked the Captain for permission to go into town while his immediate superior, the sergeant was in the room at the time. (5) During the inquiry of Private Taylor regarding his whereabouts during the murder, the private sat behind a table while the Captain stood. Their positions regarding sitting and standing would have been reversed in a military circumstance. See more
Boy at Roadside
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