January 13th, 2010

Rank of Brit army surgeon in WW2

You'd think this'd be easy to find, but it's not.
Place, UK, time, earlyish in WW2, searches, several variants of rank surgeon (british OR UK OR "united kingdom") army (ww2 OR "world war 2" OR wwii OR 1940)

Our Heroine (yes, I know, a bit unlikely, but she's exceptional) has been a British army surgeon for about a year. She started fresh out of med school. If it makes any difference, she's an American, and went to Oxford. (the American army wasn't really hiring female surgeons, and may not have joined the war yet when she started in any case, so she joined up with the Brits)

What rank would she have started out as, and (if different) what rank would she likely be now? (she's seriously hot stuff surgically, but has about the personality of a dyspeptic porcupine... also, she's far more interested in becoming the best possible surgeon than in playing political games.)

My Brit friend suspects she'd be a major, but I wanted something like confirmation, and couldn't frelling find any.

edit: looks like she'd be a captain. Thanks, all.

Tottenham Hotspur and the Jews

I know that the UK football team Tottenham Hotspur has a reputation for being the club that Jews supported (and I think played for). What I can't find out is *when* this is the case. Any ideas?

I'm writing something set in Tottenham around 1900, when there is a Jewish hospital in South London, but no synagogue.

(If you decide to go searching for me, be warned there are a lot of *very* unpleasant comments to be found.)


edit: Thanks! I have the information I need. My protagonists become friends with some Jewish lads from Bethnal Green and I suddenly realised that a lot of my dialogue on both sides would be all wrong if the areal was heavily Jewish by then.

Tracking down a man who used a gun

Setting: Modern US, in some state that has relatively lax gun control laws
Search Terms: Tracking custom guns, tracing custom guns, gun forensics, gun residue

Situation: Two civilians are killed at a street corner approximately mid-afternoon by Anon Villain using a custom Colt M1911A1 .45, (obviously unregistered) and the gun is left at the crime scene.

I want to create a case that goes cold, but isn't impossible to track down Anon Villain a few years later so my MC can have their revenge.

Questions:

1. How trackable/traceable is a custom made gun? Let's say the villain wiped the gun free of fingerprints and then left it at the scene. What else is there that could possibly link the gun/bullet/casing to Anon Villain? How far back can the investigators go to tracing the custom-made gun? Would the manufacturers of the gun keep the records of who ordered it, and how complete would those be? What could Anon Villain do (or forget to do) to cover his tracks?

2. ...How stupid would it be for a paper note to be stuck inside the gun? If it's monumentally stupid I can just have a post-it note or the paper be separate from the gun, but I'd like the note to be hidden inside the gun so that only the investigators know about it.

2B. So I can find general info on what kind of forensics can be done to the paper note, but I have no idea on how that can be tracked back to Anon Villain years later. I mean, great, the investigators know the paper came from Factory X sold at store B, and Anon Villain used a ballpoint pen. Now what? It's not like it's hard for Anon Villain to throw the stuff away... :P

Would this break her foot?

Setting: modern-day America
I've searched assorted key phrases, but haven't found anything that applies to my specific situation.

An adult woman, trying to keep my young male protagonist from running away, grabs him by both arms.  They are facing each other.  He stomps on her foot as hard as he can, causing her enough pain that she loosens her grip and he gets away.  The boy is 5'1" and 90 pounds, and the woman is around 5'10" and muscular (I haven't figured out her weight yet).  She is wearing serviceable flat shoes, and he is wearing sandals.

Would it be physically possible for this to break any bones in her foot, or would it just hurt a lot?

Edit: Wow, my inbox exploded with comments this morning!  Thank you all so much for your help!