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Next was ‘Lecturer’ Smith. His real name was, quite appropriately, Dean Smith. The nickname was given to him by his fellow platoon members. None of them could remember who started calling him Lecturer, but the name stuck because Lecturer always seemed to be lecturing someone about their bad habits; or if not that then promptly disagreeing with whoever was making a point.  Lecturer would then give his own opinion about what piece of history really occurred, or how that mechanism really worked, or what really was the truth, or what really – – – well – – – you get the point.