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In any case, I didn't notice until reading this one. Another interesting story, wholly separate from the war machine in which a soldier was fighting.
The Telegraph missed an opportunity, though I grant points for style:
A modest, straightforward man, with what Italians thought an English sense of humour, Bianchi retired from the navy in the equivalent rank of lieutenant-commander after a final posting at the academy at Livorno. Working in a naval shipyard, he settled near Viareggio, and at the age of 68 entered a burning building to save the life of a woman. He published a memoir in 1996.
Um, any instances of said humour to be shared? And why the gentle implication his wasn't truly English, to those who know?
One of the last survivors of World War Two's most famous prison break, known as the Great Escape, has died aged 101.
Australian Paul Royle was one of 76 airmen who escaped from notorious Nazi Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944...
The height of epitomy! The same expression is evident between the old and new portraits.
I didn't know about his war record until I saw the obituary today. In the words of the BBC, "A hero in World War Two as Beach Master at Anzio and a brave politician".
The Sicherheitsdienst translates to Security Service, typically it was abbreviated SD as opposed to Gestapo (Geheimnis Staats Polizei or Secret State Police) and the more familiar SS. If I recall correctly, the SD were a Nazi Party organization aka the brownshirts, responsible for so much street violence leading up to the Nazi assumption to power, and after. Not military, not government, though incorporated into government once the party was in power.
I welcome corrections here, I'm going by memory.
ETA correction, Gestapo is apparently Geheime Staatspolizei, same meaning but I butchered the Kaiser's German.
Good insight there. Were the brownshirts in another party organisation, or were they merely the goons doing the lawyers' bidding? I'll look online eventually, but I like to start with a context and I find real people are the best place to get that.
ETA I think I confused the SD with the SA: the SA (Sturmabteilung or Storm Detachment) were the brownshirts, a paramilitary group with the history of street violence. Evidently the origin of the term stormtrooper.
But it soons becomes a nest of acronyms and scary history, trying to untangle the various groups. For instance, the SS originated as an SA group, splintered off, and then later helped purge the SA in the Night of the Long Knives.
Enough history lesson.
Naval commander in charge of HMS Invincible during the Falklands conflict