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D-day: 75th Anniversary - Motion to Take Note ( 4 Jun 2019)

Lord Astor of Hever: ...fed to the Führer and his generals. The invasion of Normandy came as a stunning surprise to the senior German commanders, who were not only unprepared but positively relaxed. On 6 June 1944, Rommel was at home, 500 miles away, lighting the candles on his wife’s birthday cake. Since this attack was assumed to be a diversion, it was not thought necessary to wake Hitler early that...

Reconciliation: Role of British Foreign, Defence and International Development Policy - Motion to Take Note (14 Dec 2018)

Lord Griffiths of Burry Port: ...recent history of Northern Ireland. His story of the Queen in Enniskillen is another thing I will take away. The noble Lord, Lord Ramsbotham, reminded the House of the service in which the sons of Rommel and Montgomery were asked to read lessons. They embodied a hope that was the opposite of what we must have been able to think about when their fathers were engaged otherwise. Turning to...

UK and EU Relations - Motion to Take Note (12 Sep 2017)

Lord Blencathra: ...… victory, however long and hard the road may be”.—[Official Report, Commons, 13/5/1940; col. 1502.] Did he then go on to set out his strategy? Did he go on to say, “First, we will take on Rommel in North Africa, then we will land in Sicily and drive up through Italy and, hopefully, some time in 1944 we will land in Normandy”? Of course not. A strategy revealed is no longer a...

[Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] — Munitions Workers (26 Mar 2013)

Huw Irranca-Davies: ...gave us the first lifting of the shadows then engulfing us, the first promise of a better day dawning. If you remember, it was in November 1942 that our Glorious Eighth Army started to drive Rommel back on his long desert retreat—and since then what truly great feats we have accomplished! Africa freed—Mussolini banished—the U-boat menace squashed—our feet on the mainland of Europe...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members’ Business: Victoria Cross for Lieutenant Colonel  Blair Mayne (10 Jun 2008)

Edwin Poots: ...accomplish fantastic acts. However, those acts are in the movies and on television — Blair Mayne accomplished them in real life during the Second World War. At the time of the desert campaign, Rommel was one of the most skilled commanders in the German army, and he was exceptionally difficult to get the better of. However, Blair Mayne and his SAS colleagues destroyed 400 enemy planes in...

Religion and Global Terrorism ( 9 Apr 2003)

Lord Roberts of Conwy: ...of the different peoples within Iraq, possibly on a federal basis, to prevent conflict and promote harmony between them. Democracy is not easy to establish. I recall a distinguished German, Manfred Rommel, son of the Field Marshal, telling me that democracy would not have survived in West Germany after the war had it not been for the benevolent dictatorship of the Allied occupation forces....

Army (28 Oct 1998)

Robert Key: ...he has not yet decided. I hope that the Minister will listen to my hon. Friend and to other hon. Members on both sides of the Chamber. I shall deal now with Army training. It was Field Marshall Rommel who said: The best form of welfare for troops is training, as well-trained troops result in fewer widows. In March 1997, Lieutenant General Sir Huw Pike, then deputy commander-in-chief,...

Orders of the Day — Reserve Forces Bill: Appointment of Director General Reserve Forces and Cadets (20 May 1996)

Julian Brazier: ...forces—despite a number of exceptionally gallant reserve units—we can learn much from our brethren in the new world and the Antipodes. The Australians listened to Field Marshal Blarney. Rommel testified that the finest troops sent against the Germans in the desert campaign were Australians and New Zealanders. The cat was let out of the bag when Monty's chief of staff, General Freddy...

The Army ( 4 May 1994)

Mr Jonathan Aitken: ...the Member for Bridgwater that, even if the Northern Ireland commitment comes to an end, the Army is at its right strength. I do so not least having recently read David Fraser's fine biography of Rommel, in which he mentioned that the German army, even at the nadir of its fortunes after the first world war, had to stay at a strength above 100,000 because that was the minimum required for...

The Gulf (19 Dec 1990)

Mr Tam Dalyell: ...the patience of the House with my long speech—that I do not accept the 1939 analogy, and I certainly do not accept any comparison with, for instance, the heroic work of the 8th Army against Rommel. The weapons available now —leaving aside nuclear weapons—are such that the consequences would be entirely different. Let me put another argument to the hon. Member for Canterbury (Mr....

Orders of the Day — Mr. D. T. W. Forsyth (Compensation Claim) (23 Jan 1985)

Sir Geoffrey Johnson Smith: ...brother was Vice President of Egypt, and head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Hakim Amer. The judge died in 1972 and General Amer died in circumstances similar to those in which Field Marshal Rommel died. The family of the judge remain in occupation of the Forsyth property until now but ceased to pay any rent as from 1966. Instead, they laid claim to outright possession of the...

Orders of the Day — Secretary of State for Industry (12 Dec 1977)

Mr Michael Grylls: ...off as an order. Then someone rumbled that it was not an order, so the word "deal" was used. That is more honest. The best comparison that I can make is that it is rather like selling tanks to Rommel.

Schedule 1: Counties and Metropolitan Districts in England ( 6 Jul 1972)

Mr William Hughes: ...a public relations campaign. They have relied—like the members of the Durham Light Infantry, of whom they have formed a major part for many centuries—on knowing they are right. To assume that Rommel, any more than the Minister, can stand in the way of the people of Hetton-le-Hole and suggest that they belong to Tyne and Wear is an aberration of which the Minister shall be guilty very...

Orders of the Day — Foreign Affairs ( 9 Dec 1970)

Mr John Loveridge: ...so cumbersomely sail. The importance of this area needs new recognition. It is a key to world dominance. It was this thought that led Napoleon to Egypt. It was this thought that led Hitler to send Rommel into Africa. Today, it is the weakest link in the Western Alliance and it is very natural for the Russians to probe into it. They have built a great navy to do so. We should keep small...

Orders of the Day — Supply: Territorial Army ( 6 Mar 1968)

Mr Philip Goodhart: The Secretary of State for Defence described me as a superannuated member of the Hitler Youth. All that I can say is that he has done more damage to our defence forces than even Field Marshal Rommel did during the last war. During the months which have passed since the reorganisation of the Army reserves in 1966, there has been a growing appreciation of the military value of reserves. In his...

Orders of the Day — Economic Situation (22 Nov 1967)

Lieut-Colonel Dick Crawshaw: ...apply to the Government? I will remind the House of an expression used by Winston Churchill when he went to Cairo at the time of the crisis in the Middle East. He said that we would overwhelm Rommel by the sheer weight of G.H.Q. alone. We are getting near that stage in the Civil Service. We are supposed to be a party of planners, but there is obviously little coordination between...

Rhodesia (10 Nov 1966)

Mr Reginald Paget: ...of Britain and America over two years before we could cross with absolute air superiority 80 miles of sea, and even then it was a near thing. South Africa can mobilise a great deal more than Rommel had in Normandy and is 6,000 miles away. Having listened to some of the absurd military arguments here, I want to draw up a balance sheet of what we have done and what we are being asked to...

Orders of the Day — Commonwealth Immigrants Bill (16 Nov 1961)

Mr Charles Royle: ...from India. It is from Pakistan and India today that a large proportion of our immigrants come … without the help of these soldiers … the Italians could not have been expelled from Eritrea, Rommel prevented from seizing Egypt or Burma retaken from the Japanese. The Prime Minister of Jamaica proudly wears the Military Medal which he won in the First World War. I wish to talk about...

Civil Estimates and Estimates for Revenue Departments, 1957–58: Suez Canal (16 May 1957)

Sir Henry Legge-Bourke: ...be dismissed and Nahas Pasha called to power. Farouk resigned and a crisis resulted. On February 4th, 1942, there was a demonstration against the British in the streets of Cairo. The cry went up, 'Rommel, Rommel'. It made an ideal pretext for the British and they acted instantly … To my personal knowledge, that is a completely false inference to draw— A squadron of tanks and armoured...

Orders of the Day — Army Supplementary Estimate, 1956–57 ( 5 Feb 1957)

Mr Emrys Hughes: ...for the purpose of keeping the Germans out of occupation of the Middle East. What is happening today? The Germans are to have an industrial exhibition in Cairo next week and we are out. If General Rommel, wherever he is, is still studying military history he will be laughing at the results that history has brought in its train. Far from it being a victory at E1 Alamein, from the practical...


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