Like/Tweet/+1
Latest topics
» Monty Python Scenes & Sketches
by Neon Knight Today at 3:03

» Viking warrior turns out to have been a woman!
by Jehan I Yesterday at 17:28

» Catalonia faces 'brutal impoverishment' as an independent state
by Jehan I Yesterday at 8:52

» Rate the above song /10 (2nd & 3rd opinions allowed)
by Neon Knight Fri 22 Sep - 1:41

» What's on the Mind of a Muslim 'Refugee'?
by de Burgh Thu 21 Sep - 23:35

» The Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940
by Neon Knight Thu 21 Sep - 1:38

» Vandals in Vienna deface new monument to Polish King who broke Turkish siege
by Neon Knight Tue 19 Sep - 12:30

» A flag to represent European people?
by Neon Knight Sun 17 Sep - 22:59

» Why is 'classification' so popular in anthro forums?
by Impasible Thu 14 Sep - 21:54

» Northern & Southern English Accents
by Sary Tue 12 Sep - 22:14

» British justice system 'discriminates against ethnic minorities'
by Neon Knight Sun 10 Sep - 23:37

» M.E.T.A.L.
by Neon Knight Wed 6 Sep - 22:46

» Now listening to . . .
by Neon Knight Wed 6 Sep - 22:32

» Wikipedia
by Neon Knight Wed 6 Sep - 22:07

» Planned Obsolescence
by Neon Knight Sat 2 Sep - 19:06

» What is your Celtic Astrology sign
by Impasible Fri 1 Sep - 1:23

» Song Cover-Versions & Originals
by Neon Knight Thu 31 Aug - 23:51

» Cambridge Face Memory Test
by Sary Thu 31 Aug - 23:22

» Post a painting that reflects your inner personality
by de Burgh Wed 30 Aug - 23:46

» The truth about Qur'an
by Neon Knight Wed 30 Aug - 23:17

» Stormfront is dead?
by Neon Knight Wed 30 Aug - 22:57

» Guess a group of girls (same country)
by magyar_lány Wed 30 Aug - 22:33

» Hypocrisy of the "elite"
by de Burgh Wed 30 Aug - 22:21

» Personal debt in Britain getting out of control
by magyar_lány Mon 28 Aug - 23:06

» Favourite Quotes - Wit & Wisdom
by Neon Knight Sat 26 Aug - 23:05

» Anti-white graffiti in Birmingham
by OsricPearl Thu 24 Aug - 20:24

» Big war in Europe?
by magyar_lány Wed 23 Aug - 18:16

» Nationalist Protest in Barcelona, get attacked by Antifa Thugs.
by Impasible Wed 23 Aug - 0:05

» Giant statue of pharaoh unearthed in Egypt
by OsricPearl Tue 22 Aug - 2:13

» Where Germans migrate to (top 10)
by Neon Knight Sun 20 Aug - 9:45

» Charloteville's Chaos.
by Neon Knight Sun 20 Aug - 9:38

» Russia unveils hi-tech 'Star Wars' armour for soldiers
by de Burgh Sat 19 Aug - 16:02

» Ronnie James Dio Appreciation Thread
by Neon Knight Sat 19 Aug - 2:10

» Terrorist Attack in Barcelona
by Neon Knight Fri 18 Aug - 23:39

» SWEDISH MUSEUM...TURNING VIKING ARTIFACTS INTO SCRAP METAL
by Neon Knight Fri 18 Aug - 23:29

» African migrants cross fence into Spanish enclave
by Impasible Thu 17 Aug - 19:49

» AfD set to become third largest party in German parliament
by Neon Knight Wed 16 Aug - 21:18

» Street Art in Paris
by Sary Tue 15 Aug - 23:47

» Scotland's Thistle and the Battle of Largs
by Neon Knight Mon 14 Aug - 23:55

» Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal
by Neon Knight Thu 10 Aug - 22:39

» 2017 Euro Women's Championship
by Neon Knight Thu 10 Aug - 14:11

» La cuisine française
by Sary Wed 9 Aug - 21:48

» Malmö Fat Front Founded By Feminists To "Fight Structural Discrimination"
by OsricPearl Tue 8 Aug - 3:47

» New & Recent Film Trailers
by Sary Mon 7 Aug - 22:26

» March of the thought police
by Neon Knight Mon 7 Aug - 2:00

» Norwegian man fined heavily for stepping into Russia
by Neon Knight Sun 6 Aug - 23:58

» The Combat of the Thirty (1351)
by Neon Knight Sun 6 Aug - 9:09

» A european language?
by Iseult Sat 5 Aug - 22:12

» Home Office estimates 150,000 illegal immigrants a year
by Iseult Sat 5 Aug - 22:05

» Italy won't accept 'threats' from Austria on border security
by Neon Knight Sat 5 Aug - 21:53


The British soldier who met Rommel

View previous topic View next topic Go down

The British soldier who met Rommel

Post Neon Knight on Sun 12 Mar - 23:50


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/11243123/British-soldier-Field-Marshall-Rommel-gave-me-beer-and-cigarettes.html

The story of how Erwin Rommel, the German general, saved a captured British soldier and then served him beer and cigarettes has emerged after 70 years. Captain Roy Wooldridge, who was in the Royal Engineers, was taken prisoner during a covert night-time mission to examine submerged mines along the French beaches weeks before the D-Day landings. He was not wearing his Army uniform, nor carrying identification, due to the intense secrecy surrounding D-Day. He was treated as a spy and ought to have been shot. But Field Marshall Rommel, in charge Germany's "Atlantic Wall" defences and highly respected by the British, requested he personally question the new prisoner at a chateau in Brittany.

Capt Wooldridge, a hero of the Battle of El Alamein two years earlier at which Rommel was defeated by the Allies, was stunned when he was presented to the high-ranking officer. Rommel, known as the Desert Fox, asked the Briton if there was anything he needed, to which Capt Wooldridge cheekily replied "a good meal, a pint of beer and a packet of cigarettes". To his astonishment, his wish was granted when he was ushered into Rommel's mess where all three items were waiting for him. Capt Wooldridge ate the food, drank the stein of lager and smoked the German cigarettes, but kept the empty packet as a souvenir. Thanks to Rommel, he survived and was sent on to a prisoner of war camp.



Capt Wooldridge said: "We were taken to a house and interrogated for two weeks - they wanted to know what we had been doing but I didn't say anything. After that I was taken to a chateaux and in the guard room I was given a cup of tea and some cake. I was told to have a wash and smarten up because I was going to see someone very important. I was marched into a room and there stood behind a desk was Rommel. I recognised him immediately because I had studied photographs of him while in the Western Desert. His boss, Field Marshall von Rundstedt was also there - two of the most powerful men in the German army. Rommel asked me what I was doing in France but I didn't say anything. He then asked me if there was anything I required. I just said I could do with a pint of beer, a packet of cigarettes and a good meal. Then I was dismissed. I was taken to his mess and served by his waiter and on the table was a stein of beer, cigarettes and a plate of food. I could't understand it.

I was told that Rommel always wanted to meet men who had been doing something unusual when they were captured. I was meant to have been shot. I was told on several occasions during my interrogation that is what would happen unless I talked. Hitler had issued orders that commandos were to be shot but Rommel declined to obey that instruction. Rommel saved my life. He was a very fine German and a clean fighter.

Capt Wooldridge was taken to a PoW camp in northern Germany where he remained for the rest of the war. He returned to Britain where he become the principal of Derby College of Art and Technology.


----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Between the velvet lies, there's a truth that's hard as steel
The vision never dies, life's a never ending wheel
- R.J.Dio
avatar
Neon Knight
The Castellan

Male Posts : 340
Join date : 2017-03-05

http://castle-europa.forumotion.com

Back to top Go down

View previous topic View next topic Back to top

- Similar topics

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum