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In the 1960s a German lady worked for BAOR. During WW2 she had worked for German Intelligence as an interpreter. In 1945 in Berlin she had been involved in planning to move women to the sectors predicted to fall to the British Army. She had worked for the British Army ever since. In the 1970s I daily watched a little Jewish filing clerk at tea break hold his cup of tea between his hands and stare moist eyed through the steam just for a few seconds of reflection. Eventually I asked him why. He had survived the holocaust. But a year or so after the war he entered England as an illegal and got arrested. He was in a Met Police cell when the door slammed open and framed in the doorway was an eneormous Met copper. The Jewish man instinctively fell on the floor on a foetal position expecting a kicking as per his German experiences. Then he glanced up and the copper was extending an enamel mug of tea. "Cuppa cha mate".He determined never to forget that moment. In a cell holding a mug of tea between his hands and finally feeling safe. He was in England where any person who sets foot is entitled to enjoy peace and equality under the law guaranteed by the monarch independent of government. A country still worth fighting for. .
Well said 12:04, and a great story.Couldn't agree more with the conclusion!
Which is why you live in America...
Great country, but are its politicians losing the plot?What kind of country enters into a peace accord with its former enemy, frees convicted terrorists and murderers, but then allows the on going investigation and persecution of its own soldiers from incidents decades ago in the same conflict. What kind of peace amnesty only applies to one side?Great country, but not so great politicians.
sometimes politicians ought to do the right thing
But what is the right thing, 4:50, for do you mean stay out of conflicts or sell your own troops down the river?
Get the facts right before they put troops in harm's way. WMD really existed didn't they!!!
What exactly does that mean 4:48. Are you saying that Tony Blair and his Labour government took this country to war in Iraq over WMD that did not really exist? In fairness, Saddam Hussein huffed, puffed and blustered, playing the bully boy and threatening his neighbours, as he had previously invaded Kuwait and fired Scud missiles into Israel, so he probably had to be stopped, WMDs or not. The real mistake was not having a plan for the peace after the war.
Terrific magazines Michael - is the Roll of Honour article Ramsgate veterans? Any Victoria Crosses apart from the Channel Dash?Good to see the Red Cross nurses getting some credit - one article mentioned 20,000 British troops killed just on the first day of the Somme. That would be every British soldier in Afghanistan killed twice over in just one day. Horrific slaughter.
Anon it was very busy in my bookshop, Monday mornings often are with people bringing in books to sell to me after a weekend of sorting out their stuff. All I did was grab the first WW1 magazine to hand and an photograph some pages from it with my mobile phone which automatically uploads them onto the internet.
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