Lance Sergeant Arthur Evans also received the Distinguished Conduct Medal for another incident in which he stormed another machine gun post and killed 10 Germans and took one prisoner who provided valuable information. He twice took out enemy machine gun posts and his bravery medals were sold reportedly to his relatives, fetching a hammer price of pound;190,000 which later totalled to pound;235,000 with fees. Marcus Budgen, of auctioneers Spink amp; Son, told an international media outlet, that the auction house was thrilled that an outstanding medal group achieved an outstanding price that reflects Arthur Evan #39;s brave actions. READ: Photos Of Allied Soldiers Displayed At Checkpoint Charlie To Be Auctioned
The world knows late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw as the man who, as the chief of the Indian army in the 1971 Indo Pakistan War following the Bangladesh Liberation War, made great contributions to the creation of Bangladesh. Sam also fought on the Burma front as a Captain of the 12th Frontier Force and was seriously wounded fighting the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. But the world is unaware that another Manekshaw Lt Jamshed Manekshaw (Jimmy) was also defending the Indian territory against the Japanese invasion in the Dohazari region of the Chittagong front during World War II. While Sam survived the bullet wounds, Jamshed died in action in Dohazari and he became an unsung martyr. Lt Jamshed Manekshaw died on May 14, 1944.Lt Jamshed belonged to Bulsar in Gujarat state of undivided India and he worked in Kabul in Afghanistan before he joined the Indian army as a commissioned officer. He was sent to fight against the Japanese Imperial forces in the northeast part of India and in the Chittagong s areas. These areas which were then part of the erstwhile East Bengal are now part of Bangladesh. A large number of Indians, British, Australian and Africans died in action fighting here. Based on their religion the last rites of these brave soldiers were performed in the various war cemeteries built by the British army in the region. They were designated military cemeteries where the martyrs were laid to rest with full military honours. Lt Jamshed Manekshaw belonged to the Parsi community in India; the Parsis are Zoroastrians who fled from Iran to settle down in India. The Parsis who settled down in Gujarat after escaping from Iran facing persecution later spread to various parts of India and excelled in business. They contributed to the economy of undivided India and a few families had businesses in Dhaka and Chittagong too. There was one businessman, Mr Merdhora, who lived in Chittagong then and the British took his help in performing the last rites of Lt Jamshed.
Chief of the Defence Staff Sir Nick Carter said a ”new age of alternative weapons ” including energy, bribes, corruption, cyber attacks, assassination, fake news, propaganda, soldiers in unmarked uniforms and deniable private military and security companies posed a huge threat to pace. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph he said: ”The character of politics and warfare is evolving rapidly, driven by the pervasiveness of information and the rate of technological change.
Key point: He was a true menace for the Soviet Union. By May 8, 1945, Adolf Hitler had been dead for more than a week. Germany was in the act of formally surrendering to the Soviets and the Western Allies, so occupying Red Army troops in the eastern German town of Brunn were not expecting to witness what may have been World War II s last dogfight over Europe. They were watching entranced as a Red Air Force pilot entertained them with a one plane air show. He expertly put his Yakovlev Yak 9 single engine fighter through a series of intricate rolls, climbs, dives, and stalls while the infantrymen below applauded. Suddenly, a lone German Messerschmitt Me 109 dove on the unsuspecting Russian, riddling his Yak with machine gun bullets and 20mm cannon shells and sending it spinning toward the German countryside. As the stunned soldiers gathered around the oily bonfire that seconds earlier had been a lethal flying machine, the Luftwaffe pilot banked westward toward his final landing. Erich Hartmann, aerial warfare s supreme ace, had just scored his last kill number 352. Recommended: This Was the Plane That Almost Replaced the F 22 Raptor The son of a doctor, Hartmann was born on April 19, 1922. It was a hard time to be German. Just 31 2 years after its defeat in World War I, the Fatherland was helpless before its victorious, unsympathetic enemies. Political upheaval, poverty, and the worst inflation in history made life in Germany difficult, destitute, and dangerous. Jumping at the opportunity to escape this situation, Dr. Alfred Hartmann moved his practice to China. Despite the language barrier he got on well with his new patients, who were grateful to have such a skilled physician to tend their many maladies. They gathered at his office daily and gladly paid their bills on time. Being German, Dr. Hartmann was not generally associated with the European colonial powers that Asian nationalists were increasingly resisting. Nevertheless, when he found the severed heads of three British acquaintances on stakes outside his door one morning in 1929, he decided to gather up his beautiful wife Elisabeth and two little boys and return home, where he set up a new practice in Stuttgart. Recommended: Could the Battleship Make a Comeback? During the 1930s, while their country underwent drastic changes, Elisabeth and her sons embraced the national craze of gliding. Her eldest, Erich, developed a passionate love of flying, becoming one of many young Germans addicted to the sky. By the time Hitler came to power in 1933, an entire generation of Germany s young men were yearning to be aviators. Recommended: Why Doesn''t America Just Kill Kim Jong un? Erich Hartmann was born too late to participate in the Third Reich s early period of conquest from 1939 until mid 1942. In fact, when the European war broke out in September 1939, he had just been conscripted, at age 17, into the Hitler Youth. Still, he was enthusiastic about the war. It would give him the opportunity to pursue his dream of flight, so as soon as he graduated from high school in the spring of 1940, he enlisted in the Military Training Regiment based at Neukuhren, East Prussia. A free spirit, he would never completely conform to the restrictions of Nazi German military life. Also, he was emotionally distracted. He was madly in love with 16 year old Ursula Paetsch, and the two were planning to marry as soon as possible. Hartmann s fun loving inclinations and determination to stay closely in touch with his fiance frustrated his regulation bound flight instructors, but his flying ability became apparent as he quickly mastered the deadly but notoriously difficult to fly Me 109D. Unwilling to wash out such a terribly gifted student, the instructors tolerated his lack of self discipline as he continued to impress them in training. As the pivotal summer of 1942 broke over war torn Europe, Hartmann approached his final stages of training with typical brilliance, scoring 24 hits on a small, fluttering, infamously hard to hit drogue target towed by another plane on June 30. This was by far the best his instructors had ever seen from a trainee in his first attempt at aerial gunnery. One of Hartmann s future comrades on the Russian Front, Wilhelm Batz, literally took years to achieve such marksmanship. Considering Batz would finish the war with 237 kills, Hartmann s ability was apparent. After graduating from flight training, Erich was allowed a short visit to Stuttgart to see his parents and Ursula. Then, his superiors, anxious to get this deadly young hawk into action, rushed him to the Russian city of Maikop, where he joined Jagdgeschwader (Fighter Wing) 52, or JG 52. He would spend the rest of the war in the East, but first he had to overcome a shaky start. En route to their posting, he and three other novice second lieutenants passed through Krakow, Poland. There were no Me 109s stationed at the local Luftwaffe airfield, but the base commander had four Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers he needed delivered to Mariupol on the north coast of the Sea of Azov. He told the rookies that if they flew the Stukas to their destination they would have no trouble arranging transportation to nearby Maikop. Although utterly unfamiliar with the Ju 87, the first two lieutenants managed to lift off safely, but Hartmann and his last companion were another story. As Hartmann taxied down the dirt runway, his plane s brakes failed, and he crashed into the air traffic controller s wooden hut at the end of the landing strip, destroying both shed and plane. When the last youngster attempted to get airborne, his engine caught fire. When he tried to make an emergency landing, he somersaulted his Stuka. The commander, knowing he would be held responsible for the destruction, rushed the two baby pilots into the cargo bay of an eastbound Junkers Ju 52 transport plane before they could inflict more havoc. Hartmann s introduction to the convulsing Russian Front was as chaotic as the massive battles raging along its endless length that autumn of 1942. JG 52 was already established as a top Luftwaffe unit upon Hartmann s arrival. His commanding officer, 27 year old Colonel Dietrich Hrabak, was immediately impressed with the fearless confidence of this new arrival. Considering Hrabak already had 60 kills and wore the Knight s Cross, his opinion carried weight. He instantly had a high estimation of Hartmann. Hrabak immediately commenced versing the newcomers on all the aspects of combat flying not covered in the flight schools fine points that could only be gleaned and honed in battle. Up to now all your training has emphasized controlling your aircraft on operations, that is, making your muscles obey your will in flying your aircraft, Hrabak said. To survive in Russia and be successful fighter pilots you must now develop your thinking. You must act aggressively always, of course, or you will not be successful, but the aggressive spirit must be tempered with cunning, judgment, and intelligent thinking. Fly with your head and not with your muscles. Hrabak s instructions to just arrived neophytes were always a great asset to them, saving many of their lives. Also, the free spirited Hartmann liked the informality of the airmen at the front. Germany had been at war for three years by this point, and the tide was about to start turning. Never before had the Third Reich needed such young men as Erich Hartmann. Unfortunately for the Fatherland, there were far too few of his caliber. On October 10, 1942, Hartmann was assigned to the wing s III Gruppe, III JG.52, which was based on the banks of the Terek River north of the Caucasus Mountains. Posted to 7th Staffel, the 20 year old neophyte reported to the squad s commander, Major Hubertus von Bonin, who was much in Hrabak s mold, believing flying skill was more valuable than military modus operandi. Bonin informed the surprised recruit that rank did not determine which pilot commanded during combat operations. Whoever held the highest kill tally was in command while the units were airborne. A higher scoring lieutenant could chew out his commanding colonel in the heat of aerial battle, and not one word would be said about it after the planes landed. This state of affairs was perfect for Hartmann. His first dawn patrol was October 14, and it was almost his last. He flew as wingman for Sergeant Edmund Rossmann, who had 80 kills at that time. Rossmann could teach as well as he could fight and usually managed to bring his rookie wingmen home. He had barely enough skill to save this one, though. After climbing to 12,000 feet, the two plane element followed the Terek River to the city of Prokhladny, where Rossmann spied a formation of Soviet aircraft strafing a German supply column that was trying to leave the city. Radioing for his green wingman to follow, Rossmann dove at the Russians while a confused Hartmann (who still had not spotted the targets) followed close behind. After a plunge of almost a mile, he finally picked out the Red Air Force flight that Rossmann had been zeroing in on all along. 1 2 3 4 5 Next View the discussion thread. copy; Copyright 2019 Center for the National Interest All Rights Reserved
An Indian havildar, or junior officer, who was part of a Sappers and Miners unit stationed in Egypt during the height of World War II, wrote back home in June 1943: From my personal experience I can tell you that the food we get here is much better than that we soldiers get in India. But whenever I sit for my meals, a dreadful picture of the appalling Indian food problem passes through my mind, leaving a cloudy sediment on the walls of my heart which makes me nauseous and often I leave my meals untouched."The soldier identified with this imagined community of sufferers in his homeland through his own body, as the pain of distant hunger reached out, resulting in him being heartsick and unable to eat. Another havildar clerk, writing to relatives, related his feelings of helplessness to the extraordinary conditions of the Indian wartime marketplace: I am terribly sorry to learn about the food situation in India and it seems as if there is no salvation for me. What is the use of money when we are unable to obtain the necessities of life in exchange for it? The situation would drive even the most level headed of us to madness and when we think of conditions in India we become crazy as lunatics."
Thousands of black African soldiers who died fighting for Britain during the First World War remain in unmarked burial sites after being overlooked by the War Graves Commission, according to MP David Lammy . The Labour politician has revealed how soldiers who took part in the East African campaign were denied a proper burial.
While the Whisperers do indeed exist in the comics, Gamma isn't one of them. Instead, the character was created in order to allow the writers to dive into what really makes this army tick. "We re going to explore a story of somebody who s just part of that group who rises into leadership. It s complex, " showrunner Angela Kang revealed in an interview with EW. "I think the thing that we wanted to show with the Whisperers is that we know quite a bit about Alpha and Beta at this point. We ll learn more as the season goes on. But who are these people that are just part of the followers and what are their stories? I think that there s a really powerful story to tell about the soldiers on the ground. And so that s what the story of Gamma is, and I think Thora brings such humanity and also badassery to the role. I m just enamored with her work and hopefully other people are too. "
The Indian Embassy in France tweeted pictures of the ceremony held by India and France to pay homage to the Indian soldiers. India #39;s ambassador to France, Vinay Kwatra on October 3 tweeted that France will be hosting a multi agency Indian delegation to counter terror ties together. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the National Investigation Agency were part of the delegation that visited France from October 1 to October 4. Indian Naval Ship INS Tarkash along with its 300 member crew also visited the Reunion Island in France. On Mahatma Gandhi #39;s 150th birth anniversary, France also released a special commemorative stamp to honour Mahatma Gandhi.READ Indo French Relationship Is Of #39;existential Nature #39;: French Envoy
Hong Kong: Chinese soldiers issued a warning to Hong Kong protesters on Sunday who shone lasers at their barracks in the city, in the first direct interaction with mainland military forces in four months of anti government demonstrations.The stand off with the People's Liberation Army (PLA) came after rallies attended by tens of thousands of protesters earlier on Sunday ended in violent clashes in several locations. Police fired tear gas and baton charged the crowds, while some demonstrators threw bricks and petrol bombs at police as night fell.
Cape Town Sam Mendes, the Academy award winning director of Skyfall, Spectre and American Beauty, brings his singular vision to his World War I epic, 1917.At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield (George MacKay) and Blake (Dean Charles Chapman) are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers mdash; Blake's own brother among them.
1917 was directed by Sam Mendes and tells the story of two British soldiers (played by George MacKay and Dean Charles Chapman) who have to go on a journey to warn their fellow soldiers about an attack.
At least four Pakistani terrorists emerge slowly from behind some rocks on a grassy hill near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara sector. Within seconds, one of them runs back towards safety and away from the LoC as bullets fly overhead. Seeing him scurry away, the rest zigzag their way back amid bullets fired by Indian Army soldiers from a forward post overlooking the hill.
PANCHKULA: The Health Department here has swung into action after over 60 people, mostly children, of a migrant colony at Shahpur village in Pinjore block on the Haryana Himachal Pradesh border were found suffering from diarrhoea.CHANDIGARH: Singer Sukhwinder Singh on Thursday paid homage to the 21 soldiers who faught in the Battle of Saragarhi.
Speaking Tuesday on the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Wizna, Wolfgang Schaeuble recalled the ;heroic defense by a few hundred against a superior force of tens of thousands of German soldiers.;Schaeuble, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel 's center right Christian Democrats, said that "in 1939 Poland became the first victim of a historically unparalleled campaign of destruction (driven by) racial ideology. "
RIO DE JANEIRO Leaders of the Group of Seven nations said Sunday they are preparing to help Brazil battle fires burning across the Amazon region and repair the damage as tens of thousands of soldiers got ready to join the fight against blazes that have caused global alarm.
Among countless stands of car manufacturers, software developers and engineering universities at Cologne's video games convention, the sight of fatigue clad soldiers manning the German military's brightly lit stall draws in the curious.
GLOW star Betty Gilpin is also in talks to join the project, whose name is a working title and is casting up ahead of a September start that will shoot in Atlanta and Iceland. Chris McKay, who directed The Lego Batman Movie, is helming the pic. The script, with drafts by Zach Dean and Bill Dubuque, is set in a future where humanity is losing a war against aliens. To turn the tide, scientists draft soldiers from the past to fight the war.
Kashmiris were forced to stay doors without access to telephone lines, mobile phones or the internet for 13 days in most parts of the Muslim majority region. India #39;s decision to scrap a law key to the ascension treaty of the former princely state provoked international outrage and sporadic protests in the region.The government said over the weekend it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing the lockdown, but changes are slow. Public buses were running in rural areas, but soldiers limited the movement of people on mostly deserted streets in Srinagar.