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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An appeal by the National Veterans’ Association and backed by ‘The Independent’ is starting to bear fruit
It could be the unusual weather, disease, or both, but something is laying waste to Gallic fisheries
One-time supporting act has built up the confidence to be main man for Sky as he tries to conquer the Tour, he tells Robin Scott-Elliot
“Anglia Square Not Leicester Square” is the slogan of a campaign trying to encourage producers to hold the premiere of the Alan Partridge film Alpha Papa in Norwich.
John Lichfield hears some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever
Some of thinning ranks of D-Day soldiers remember stories that could be lost forever
On the 69th anniversary of D-Day, a new battle is being fought: to preserve the memories of those who were there, before it is too late and you can help
Mr Hornsby drove a series of ambulances from Normandy to the Netherlands
'When I get together with other veterans, it all seems unreal to us now'
Without the offensive in Normandy, Hitler would have been able to better resist the Red Army
Freewheel along the Via Francigena in Italy, an old pilgrimage route to Rome, on a 172-mile tour that links Parma and Lucca. Let an E-bike take the strain, firing up its electric engine when you need a little help on those hills. The week's tour costs £641pp, based on two sharing, through Freedom Treks (01273 224066; freedomtreks.co.uk), including B&B, two dinners, luggage transfers and route maps. International travel costs extra.
Local historians say it's the site of the curtain-raiser to Hastings in 1066. The council wants to build hundreds of houses on it
US industrialist Maurice Taylor sparks storm by insulting staff, refuses to save ailing tyre factory
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are on a roll. In the past 10 months, they've opened three major restaurants in central London. The Delaunay flung its doors wide in the Aldwych in early December; its black marble pillars, station clock and calorific cake trolley shouted Vienna in its heyday.