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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Thursday 01 March 2012
A musicians' group is alleging that leading European broadcasters are forcing them to give up the copyrights to their work, sharply reducing their earnings.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
European finance ministers appeared last night to be on the brink of a deal to grant Greece another multibillion-euro bailout and stave off the threat of a potentially disastrous default next month.
Tuesday 21 February 2012
After eight months of acrimony and bitter stand-offs, agreement finally breaks out
Saturday 18 February 2012
Emiel Puttemans is planning to get on his bike this afternoon. "I'll be cycling to the sea," he said.
Friday 17 February 2012
Resentment of ruthless austerity programme may not be enough to prevent bailout package
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Greece is expecting to agree the terms of European leaders for a rescue package this evening as the country seeks to avoid a default on its international debts. But Greeks fear that the cuts, imposed on them in return for a €130bn bailout, is sending the country spiralling into a catastrophic depression.
Friday 10 February 2012
Remember Stella? No? Well, let me remind you. On World Aids Day in 2010 when I was guest editor of The Independent I chose a story to lead the paper about four-year-old Stella Mbabazi who became HIV-positive in her mother's womb. She had not died. Indeed she, and many like her in rural Uganda, was thriving thanks to a cheap supply of antiretroviral drugs from India.
Tuesday 17 January 2012
A pair of British Euro MPs will today challenge the “stitch-up” between two large, political groups that has monopolised the presidency of the European Parliament for the last two decades.
Thursday 12 January 2012
Israel's foreign ministry denied that Israeli settlers were taking water resources from the West Bank
Tuesday 10 January 2012
Nick Clegg defied David Cameron by calling for the pact on fiscal union planned by other European Union countries to be "absorbed" into the EU's governing treaties.
Monday 09 January 2012
To some, it is the solution to many of the world's financial woes, raising billions from the financiers seen as responsible for the crises.
Monday 09 January 2012
To some, it is the solution to many of the world's financial woes, raising billions from the financiers seen as responsible for the crises in the first place.
Saturday 31 December 2011
Poll shows strong Conservative gain as Labour reflects on year of wasted opportunities
Thursday 22 December 2011
Britons heading for Brussels endured travel disruption today as the Christmas getaway began in earnest.
Tuesday 20 December 2011
Christmas travellers will have their getaway plans disrupted by a strike in Belgium on Thursday.
Culinary experts in The Netherlands thought it was 'fresh' and 'tasty'
Of all the computers Apple has ever made there’s only one that Steve Jobs had to sell his car to finance
Actress sees off speculation about her face in an amazing way
Marvel has released first teaser trailer week early after it leaked online
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
- 1 Nokia no more: Microsoft drops once-ubiquitous mobile name – in favour of its Lumia brand
- 2 Renee Zellweger on plastic surgery: 'I'm living a fulfilling life and I'm thrilled that perhaps it shows'
- 3 Banksy not arrested: Internet duped by fake report claiming artist's identity revealed
- 4 Australian café owner sparks debate after saying 'No' to having unruly children on premises
- 5 Paralysed man Darek Fidyka walks again after treatment by British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis