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.
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Sunday 05 January 2014
Prime Minster will press ahead with more stringent rules for foreign visitors
Friday 29 November 2013
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.
Wednesday 13 November 2013
Peter Higgs said that Tom Kibble, his erstwhile competitor at Imperial College in London, should have been awarded a share of his prize
Wednesday 13 November 2013
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
Tuesday 08 October 2013
The final two World Cup qualifiers will be the Cardiff City striker's last for the national team
Wednesday 04 September 2013
But he plans to continue his dominance of the sport until then as he looks to become the most successful sprinter of all time
Sunday 18 August 2013
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.
Friday 19 July 2013
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
Wednesday 17 July 2013
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.
Tuesday 25 June 2013
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
Friday 31 May 2013
A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.
Syria civil war: EU should ease arms embargo to battle extremism, says Foreign Secretary William Hague
Monday 27 May 2013
He will attempt to persuade other foreign ministers of the need to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons
Saturday 25 May 2013
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.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
There’s a risk in the CBI entering the European debate. Britain is in a sullen and surly mood right now.
Tuesday 21 May 2013
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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