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The young tank commander seen running in flames along the road was left recognisable to his comrades only by the pips on his shoulder and the white and purple ribbon of the Military Cross on his chest. Robert Boscawen survived the devastating burns from the attack by a hidden battery of four 105 mm flak guns of the German 7 Para on Easter Day, 1 April 1945, that ignited the petrol in his Sherman Firefly as it rushed a bridge on the Twente Canal at Enschede on the Dutch-German border. The debt he felt the world owed to all those who, like two of his crewmen, had lost their lives, was to inform his future political career.

David Cameron has insisted the plans to charge migrants are enforceable

David Cameron defends plans to charge migrants to use NHS accident and emergency services

Prime Minster will press ahead with more stringent rules for foreign visitors

Postcard from... Brussels

The Flemish Masters are known for their sombre grey skies and damp-looking landscapes under an expanse of ominous cloud. But while the inclement weather of the low countries may have left an  unmistakable stamp on a whole body of work, it has also unfortunately closed down a Brussels exhibition showcasing one of the forefathers of the movement.

Professor Peter Higgs at the launch of the Science Museum's 'Collider' exhibition

A Nobel effort: The winners and losers in the battle for the top prize

Peter Higgs said that Tom Kibble, his erstwhile competitor at Imperial College in London, should have been awarded a share of his prize

Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, sits next to Dutch leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders, at The Hague

Right-wing leaders aim for alliance of ‘like-minded’ European parties

The move by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, came ahead of next year's elections which EU officials fear will bring a surge in support for nationalist and xenophobic parties

Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy reveals he will retire from Wales next week

The final two World Cup qualifiers will be the Cardiff City striker's last for the national team

Usain Bolt on the podium with his third gold of the Championships and eighth gold at the Worlds overall (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Usain Bolt confirms plan to retire after Rio de Janeiro Olympics

But he plans to continue his dominance of the sport until then as he looks to become the most successful sprinter of all time

Germany is to become the first country in Europe to start giving parents the option of a third, 'indeterminate' gender description on the birth certificates for their newborns, in addition to standard choices of male or female

Germany to introduce 'indeterminate' gender to birth certificates

In what has been hailed as a legal revolution, Germany is to become the first country in Europe to start giving parents the option of a third, “indeterminate” gender description on the birth certificates for their newborns, in addition to standard choices of male or female.

King Albert II and Queen Paola in Liège yesterday

The Belgian King’s brief? Unite a divided nation

The new Belgian monarch is a former fighter pilot – and he will have a scrap on his hands trying to maintain the unity of this hybrid country

Chalk talk: Why Gove's classroom plans are just not very rock'n'roll

To the RSA to listen to Sir Ken Robinson, internationally renowned guru on how to introduce creativity into the classroom and former adviser to the previous Labour government – and several other governments around the world.

Delphine Boël claims she was born as the result of a royal affair

Artist claims she is Belgian king’s daughter, court hears

Delphine Boël, 45, wants a Brussels court to order Albert II and two of his three children to undergo blood tests to prove they are related

Make Bradford British wins international documentary award

A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.

No 2: Foreign Secretary, William Hague

Syria civil war: EU should ease arms embargo to battle extremism, says Foreign Secretary William Hague

He will attempt to persuade other foreign ministers of the need to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons

Laura Robson: The Briton will play Caroline Wozniacki in the first round in Paris

French Open: Laura Robson handed chance to add to her giant-killing reputation

For a player who loves nothing better than to topple the biggest names at the biggest tournaments, Laura Robson was yesterday handed the perfect draw for the French Open, which begins in Paris tomorrow.

James Moore: CBI right to be jittery
over European exit

There’s a risk in the CBI entering the European debate. Britain is in a sullen and surly mood  right now.

EU taps top oil traders for price-fixing information

The European Commission stepped up its investigation into oil price fixing as it sought information from trading houses such as the FTSE 100 giant Glencore.

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