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  1. Guest

    War Heroine Nancy Wake Dies

    Nancy Wake, the French Resistance fighter who became Australia's most decorated World War II heroine, has died in a London hospital at the age of 98. Born in New Zealand and raised in Sydney, Ms Wake was nicknamed "The White Mouse" by the Gestapo because she was so hard to capture. She is regarded as a heroine in France, which decorated her with its highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur, as well as three Croix de Guerre and a French Resistance Medal. Ms Wake left Australia and moved to France in 1932, joining the Resistance after the German invasion in 1940 and helping shelter displaced Jews fleeing the Nazi regime. She later recounted how she had first become aware of the cruelty of the Nazis during a visit to Austria in 1933. "In Vienna they had a big wheel and they had the Jews tied to it, and the stormtroopers were there, whipping them. When we were going out of Vienna they took our photos. That was my experience of Hitler," she said. Credited with helping to save thousands of lives, Ms Wake was placed at the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list and fled France for England on the advice of her husband Henri Fiocca in 1943. "Henri said, 'You have to leave', and I remember going out the door saying I'd do some shopping, that I'd be back soon. And I left and I never saw him again." Trained as a spy by Britain's Special Operations Executive, she then returned to Nazi-occupied France to work with the Resistance in preparation for the D-Day landings in Normandy in June 1944. Parachuted back into France, Ms Wake's job was to distribute weapons among Resistance fighters hiding in the mountains. "In those days it was safer, or a woman had more chance than a man, to get around, because the Germans were taking men out just like that." To arrange the delivery of weapons and other supplies, messages had to be sent via radio phones. Ms Wake's group lost theirs during a raid by German troops. This disastrous loss meant Ms Wake had to pedal more than 200km to another radio operator. "The blokes didn't think I'd ever get back. I only volunteered for it not because I'm brave but because I was the only one who could do it, being a woman. "I got back and they said "How are you?" I cried. I couldn't stand up, I couldn't sit down. I couldn't do anything. I just cried." As well as the Legion d'Honneur, Ms Wake was awarded Britain's George Medal and the US Medal of Freedom. But despite the international recognition, it took 60 years for Australia to honour her service, awarding her the Companion of the Order of Australia in 2004. It is believed Ms Wake's health had recently deteriorated and she was admitted to the Kingston Hospital two weeks ago with a chest infection. She had lived in London since 2001. In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated privately and her ashes scattered at Montlucon in central France next spring. What an amazing woman .. I found her book fascinating. RIP to an exceptionally courageous and brave woman:notworthy:
  2. Just thought i'd mention it,top drawer docu last nite on the royal anglian regmnt in afghan,troops wore cameras for the footage for this docu,a "bit" like being there but obviously without the danger! Young kids on their first tour,chaos in combat,tragedy with the death of a young squaddie and his familys reaction,and the squaddies honest opinion on the wars they've been involved in,one of the officers said pretty much the same as i'd been thinking,he said "in Iraq i thought we were part of the problem,HERE(Afghan)i think were doing some good",i dont for one minute think "the allies" are in Afghan for the sake of the Afghan people,BUT if a side effect of them being there is that women and kids are now getting educated/have more freedom etc then thats a good thing to me,easy for me to say i know,ive no family/kids over there in the services,but the lads on the ground over there all seemed to be convinced they were doing a worthwhile job and took a pride in it,anyway....besides your views on the rights and wrongs of us being there its well worth a watch,think next weeks is 9PM tues on BBC3,or Iplayer should have repeats of last nite
  3. Hi all, I have a question regarding declaring receipt of a war pension at the medical examination and was wondering if anyone has been in a similar situation and could offer some advice. We are due to have our medicals shortly and going through the paperwork (form 26 part B applicant’s history) question 25 asks if you are in receipt of government help. I will answer yes, as I receive a war pension, for what I believe to be insignificant conditions i.e. no medical or surgical condition is present which would require further investigation or treatment currently or in the foreseeable future. (disc degeneration). I will be taking all relevant history with me and a current letter from my GP stating the fact that my condition is stable and of no clinical significance. Question 1. Has anyone had anything similar and not received an ‘A’ recommendation? 2. Answered question 25 by declaring receipt of a War Pension? Thank you for your time Liz
  4. National treasure Claude Choules - Australia's oldest man and the world's last surviving World War I veteran - has died, aged 110. I salute you Claude http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/national/world-war-1-hero-claude-choules-our-oldest-man-to-turn-110/story-e6freooo-1226050495952
  5. Jibbah24

    War memorabilia...

    Me again... I had another query regarding what is the best option with a Hitler Youth knife that I have. My Grandfather brought it home from WWII and I will be taking it.....anybody taken anything similar? Cheers S
  6. Andrew Strauss tells England players to be prepared for war on the Ashes tour Should be a great series, Let the contest begin. Andrew Strauss tells England players to be prepared for war on the Ashes tour | The Australian
  7. Get your thinking caps on chaps.... :cry: It seems as though the pressure on China to revalue the Yuan is now reaching critical mass. The US, the EU and now Japan are all demanding the Chinese government allows the currency to rise in value. This will, of course, make Chinese goods more expensive , less attractive and give them less purchasing power and hence will slow down their economy. In turn, this would have a negative effect on the AUD as the construction sector in China gets hit. Whilst China holds a wad of US treasury bonds, Euros and Yen do they have enough power to dictate to the world that they can do what they want with their own currency? Or will this lead to protectionist strategies as other countries block Chinese goods or tax them out of pole position in our shops?
  8. Guest

    The Class War

    Hopefully I won't upset anyone with this thread, I have a feeling I might though. Do you still believe there is such a thing as 'Class Distinction' in the UK, and does such a thing exist in Australia. My own observations are hopefully balanced and they are MY observations. I'm not knocking anyone, far from it, just trying to get an idea how you see things is all. Working class, middle class, upper middle class, upper class are all words I have seen to describe certain people in the UK, I have yet to definitely difference between these so called classes but I reckon they Do exist to a certain degree, but my question is this. Are we in the UK far more susceptible to using 'Class' to describe someone as opposed to an Aussie who would look at the same person but maybe in a different way? My own experiences are fairly simple. I speak with a 'Cockney/Aussie accent, have several tattoos, (some I love, some I regret, i.e., when I was drunk). I have had both office jobs and manual jobs. I have a very small three bedroomed house, one car between me and Ruth which is a Nissan Micra, I roll my own ciggys, and all in all I am very happy with my lot. But it still amazes me to this day how some people still try and pigeon hole me SIMPLY because of the above. 'Some' people immediately look at me and in their mind I am what they would term 'working class'. I haven't a problem with this at all. If that is the label they want to put on me then fine. I guess you could say I am 'working class'. I work for a living, money is tight, (as it is countrywide to an extent). But this is my point. When this label IS put upon me I know full well that immediately 'IN THEIR OPINION' I am a lesser mortal than them. This is based on the fact that that I have a smallish house, speak 'COMMON', have tattoos in some places, and do not have what some would call a 'career' as such. I have had many jobs, and for that I am grateful, I honestly think it has made into a far more rounded person. But there does seem to be this stigma 'at times' that seems to purvey a lot of the UK. I have many friends who do both manual and clerical work, I try to do my best not to judge to quickly, sometimes I myself down somewhat, but nonetheless I try. I have seen behaviour from all and sundry that would make you blush, money and so called breeding had nothing to do with this behaviour, it was purely an action that could in no way, shape or form have anything to with the so called class system. BUT, this is my point. Whilst I freely admit that a 'class' system is in operation in Australia I have to be honest and say it far less obvious and a lot less prevalent than here in the UK. I could be wrong but I have been fortunate enough to have travelled around most of Australia and my opinion remains the same, their class system 'seems' to be far less prevalent than the UK. Yes, I have met some Aussies who have judged me purely on how I speak, what I do, and what I look like, but in all honesty not anywhere near the amount of times I have seen it in the UK. You will often find that the first questions a Brit will ask is, 'What do you do for a living? Where do you live? Or 'What car do you drive'. I'm not saying this happens ALL the time but in my experience this happens more here, and on that basis some will immediately try and pigeon hole you and their opinion 'may' only change once you have had the chance to talk to them some more. However if I find myself being judged like this I tend not to carry on the conversation and wish them well with their ignorant assumptions about me. I tend and take as I find, but 'some' people make that impossible. Is it that the Aussies are far more relaxed and laid back and they tend to look beyond the exterior. Is it a case that Australia is a young country and they have not yet had the dubious pleasure of 'building' a class system. Or is it purely and simply that the UK because of its long history had the time to build such a structure. As I said at the beginning I dare say I will offend some people, this thread IS NOT intended to end up in a slanging match about the UK versus Australia, there are all ready loads of threads about that. It is just a thread to see how other people view the so called 'class' system in both countries. Cheers Tony
  9. Interesting read (lol): Billionaires Pankaj and Radhika Oswal declare meat war on building site | News.com.au More about Oswal couple: Meet the Oswals | The Australian
  10. Simon Barnes - Why England & Oz hate each other IF we don't hate them, why do we love to beat them? Why is it Australia, above all other nations, that we like to beat at sport? Why is it that defeat at the hands of Australia is one of the most painful sensations that sport can offer?
  11. Guest

    Mod and War Pensions

    Hi All, I wonder does anyone have any idea's on the following, I have both a War and Mod pension both are for Injuries sustained and as such are non taxable in the UK, I have asked a few advisers now and no one is entirely sure whether or not they will stay non taxable in Australia, one has said yes the other said we're not sure:unsure:!! does anyone have any ideas :idea:?? This could have a very big impact if it turns out to be taxable.......we are having our meds at the end of March, Police checks to be sent for early next week...... Thanks Pat
  12. Guest

    Going to war

    Hi after serving 16 yrs in the armed forces I am now on the reservist list. Does anybody know if another war broke out and living in oz would they still be able to call me up for line of duty Tanks a lot :biglaugh: John & Michelle