My version of "early" canon. For this (or virtually any) scenario to work, there are a couple of caveats I think one has to accept. One, any dates (or references to dates) in "The Bells of St Mary's" are erroneous. Period. Two, Stockwell was concerned only with the team's military record, and thus didn't care about the obvious discrepancies in their vital statistics - ie, DOBs are wrong. Third, mentions of "10 years ago" or "15 years ago" are generalizing. For example, in "Recipe for Heavy Bread", they note the POW camp was "ten years ago", or occuring in 1973. Twelve years would work.
Hannibal's rank of colonel also causes problems. Even the commander of the Fifth Special Forces in Vietnam was never higher than a lieutenant colonel. The highest ranking officer I have found in the field was captain. I have taken advantage of the fact Project Delta, and Special Forces in general, were given more leeway in terms of operations. However, Hannibal does not take part in nearly as many actual missions as it would seem in the show. Hopefully, I have compensated for that.
Another "rank" issue that often comes up is Murdock's. Yes, he was a captain - but he did not "outrank" Face since he was not in the same unit and thus did not hold command authority over either Face or BA. His unit(s) are listed as they most likely would have been.
So, if one accepts those premises, all other references to the team's history made during the show mesh, not only with each other, but with actual historical events. If there are blatant problems spotted, feel free to let me know so I can see if I can work through them.
COPYRIGHT: August 2007
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