‘One of the interesting and memorable event was when we were posted in Germany and all of us Fijians decided to give our best to prove ourselves and our capabilities. Samarasam Pillay during the 212 Soldiers for the Queen Fijian in the British Army 1961- 1997 book launch at the Fiji Museum on March 19, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar A veteran British Army soldier on Tuesday described his years of service as a memorable adventure of his life. Samarasam Pillay, 79, was one of the 212 Fijians who were the first batch to be recruited by the British Army. A book about them titled 212 Soldiers for the Queen Fijian in the British Army 1961-1997 was launched on Tuesday. Mr Pillay, originally from Penang in Rakiraki, is a father-of-two and grandfather-of-two. He served in the British Army as a Lance Corporal for Royal Corps of Signals Regiment from 1961 until 1968. Mr Pillay said in his years of … [Read more...] about Samarasam Pillay Reminisces About Life In British Army
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Three paintings by a young Adolf Hitler, including one that may contain a self-portrait of the dictator, have emerged for sale for £15,000. The 10ins by 14ins watercolours depict idyllic valleys and mountains in Germany's Rhineland and his native Austria. They are dated 1910 and 1911, when the Nazi leader was aged 21 and struggling to make a living as an artist in Vienna. They are all signed 'A Hitler' and have been authenticated by a handwriting expert. One of the paintings, titled 'Alpenlandschaft' or Alpine landscape in English, has an image of a man sat on a rock in front of a stream painting the scene in front of him. 'Alpenlandschaft' or 'Alpine landscape', shows a figure painting the scenery. It is thought this could be a depiction of a young Adolf Hitler at work 'Niederthal, Vent' - a popular skiing spot in Austria - is one of the three paintings by a young Adolf Hitler to go up for auction in Berlin It is thought this image of a painter sketching … [Read more...] about Art work by Adolf Hitler to go on sale in Germany for £15,000
My great-grandmother, Yevgenia Mechtaeva, was 22 years old when the Great Patriotic War started. She had just moved with her husband, a Red Army soldier, to Brest, a city on the Soviet-German demarcation line. Brest was one of the first cities to face the German onslaught on June 22, 1941. Mechtaeva’s husband was killed as the Germans took Brest. Along with many other young women and teens, she was forcefully sent to Germany where she spent a year in a labor camp and then was ‘fortunate’ to be sent to a German family farm. There, she was forced to work, unpaid and sometimes beaten, until the Soviets liberated her, allowing her to return home. Up until her death in 2013, she hardly mentioned her time in Germany. Her story is far from unique: according to the Nuremberg Trials about 4.9 million Soviet civilians were forcibly taken to Germany as slave labor. What was their fate? Nazi workforce Female forced laborers being liberated from a camp near Lodz. … [Read more...] about Slavery in Germany: How millions of Soviet citizens were forced to work for the Nazis
The Royal Military Police is being investigated over its handling of the disappearance of a British toddler in Germany in 1981. The RMP admitted last year it made mistakes when Katrice Lee, then two, disappeared from a forces supermarket in Schloss Neuhaus, but would not elaborate. Her dad Richard, who was a sergeant major in the Army nearby at the time, said the investigation into what the errors were is at “a sensitive stage”. He has engaged John Cooper QC and has been to meet his MP Mike Hill at Westminster. Katrice was in the supermarket with her mum Sharon and aunt Wendy as Mr Lee parked the car. He walked in to find now ex-wife Sharon sobbing and Katrice gone. He said: “John asked me why it had taken 48 hours for the RMP to get the search dogs out when Katrice first vanished. And he asked why it took six weeks for three supermarket cashiers to be interviewed.” He says the scene was contaminated by the time dogs arrived. Mr Lee, of Hartlepool, Co Durham, … [Read more...] about Military Police probed over Brit toddler who vanished in Germany in 1981
Brexit, a royal baby and the Spice Girls: What will make the headlines in 2019? BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The year 2019 is set to go down in history as the one when the UK left the European Union after a period of intense debate and wrangling over how Brexit should – and should not – happen. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/brexit-a-royal-baby-and-the-spice-girls-what-will-make-the-headlines-in-2019-37666805.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37666793.ece/9e3cb/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_4ccc6f91-efc0-481c-926b-fd6ee35be97d_1 Email The year 2019 is set to go down in history as the one when the UK left the European Union after a period of intense debate and wrangling over how Brexit should – and should not – happen. And while Brexit has dominated the news agenda in recent times, and will continue to do so throughout the coming months, next year will see more than just seismic political change. Here is a list of what to expect in … [Read more...] about Brexit, a royal baby and the Spice Girls: What will make the headlines in 2019?