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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} Captain Lorrington "Gimlet" King, is a character created by the British author, W.E. Johns, best known as the creator of Biggles and Worrals. The name 'Gimlet' is derived from a sharp implement resulting in a term for someone with keen eyesight. Johns is thought to have been inspired by Major 'Gimlet' Champion, one of his commanding officers during his flying career. The rest of the name may have been inspired by South African soldier and adventurer William Lorraine King who died shortly before the first novel was published.

The books which were published during and after World War II, are about the adventures of explorer-soldier "Gimlet" King, and his intrepid band of followers. His regular colleagues are Corporal Albert Edward Collson, nicknamed "Copper" (he is an ex-policeman), Private "Trapper" Troublay, and Nigel Norman Peters, nicknamed "Cub". "Gimlet" and his team of commandos were designed to represent the multiple ethnicities of the British Empire; along with the English characters, French-Canadian, Scots, and European-educated Asians, co-operate for the good of Britain.

Several of the novels are set during WWII, especially in occupied Europe. The other books in the series revolve around treasure, and the post-war struggles in Britain's colonies, and former colonies. In general the story line of the books focuses on actions behind enemy lines, or in foreign lands. During one of the books, Gimlet and his team go into occupied France to rescue British slave labourers from a Renault plant which is about to be bombed. In later stories, Gimlet seeks treasure, and must work as both predator and prey, when Werwolf terrorists begin trying and executing British "war criminals". Although less popular than Biggles as a character, Gimlet remains an enduring legacy of W.E. Johns, and British adventure fiction.


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{{#invoke:Hatnote|hatnote}} Captain Lorrington "Gimlet" King, is a character created by the British author, W.E. Johns, best known as the creator of Biggles and Worrals. The name 'Gimlet' is derived from a sharp implement resulting in a term for someone with keen eyesight. Johns is thought to have been inspired by Major 'Gimlet' Champion, one of his commanding officers during his flying career. The rest of the name may have been inspired by South African soldier and adventurer William Lorraine King who died shortly before the first novel was published.

The books which were published during and after World War II, are about the adventures of explorer-soldier "Gimlet" King, and his intrepid band of followers. His regular colleagues are Corporal Albert Edward Collson, nicknamed "Copper" (he is an ex-policeman), Private "Trapper" Troublay, and Nigel Norman Peters, nicknamed "Cub". "Gimlet" and his team of commandos were designed to represent the multiple ethnicities of the British Empire; along with the English characters, French-Canadian, Scots, and European-educated Asians, co-operate for the good of Britain.

Several of the novels are set during WWII, especially in occupied Europe. The other books in the series revolve around treasure, and the post-war struggles in Britain's colonies, and former colonies. In general the story line of the books focuses on actions behind enemy lines, or in foreign lands. During one of the books, Gimlet and his team go into occupied France to rescue British slave labourers from a Renault plant which is about to be bombed. In later stories, Gimlet seeks treasure, and must work as both predator and prey, when Werwolf terrorists begin trying and executing British "war criminals". Although less popular than Biggles as a character, Gimlet remains an enduring legacy of W.E. Johns, and British adventure fiction.


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