In October 1969 Columbia pictures released ‘The Virgin Soldiers’ based on a best-selling novel by Leslie Thomas. The story is about a young national serviceman posted to Singapore during the Malayan Emergency, counting the days to demob and more interested in chasing girls than soldiering. Like PFC Chris Taylor in ‘Platoon’, Private Brigg is dominated by two NCO’s; the cowardly, blowhard...

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