A fictional story...and a real life irony

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A fictional story...and a real life irony

Postby Noman » 08 Jun 2015 12:58

Saw the classic fim "THe Man who would be King" Sean Connery and Michael Caine
A fictional story but... When Carnehan {Caine} remarks of himself and Dravot having to fight through the Khyber Pass under "Bob" Roberts he is referring to the Second Anglo-Afghan War of 1878-1880 and to General Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts.

Ironically in real life, Rudyard Kipling was so anxious for his son, John Kipling, to serve in the BEF that the father's friendship with Roberts help procure a commission for his son, John - who was killed in action in 1915.

Incidently they just dont make good adventure movies like that anymore!
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