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(Telegraph)   Rest in peace to Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, who escaped Nazi execution twice - once by stealing a German limousine from in front of Gestapo headquarters, once by dressing as a Nazi guard and then as a nun   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 79
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2012-07-02 11:50:45 PM
Was this guy the inspiration for Hogan's Heroes?
 
2012-07-03 12:22:28 AM
Holy Crap, this guy was incredible...!
 
2012-07-03 01:26:59 AM
But did he kill Robot Hitler?
 
2012-07-03 01:35:09 AM

Darth_Lukecash: Holy Crap, this guy was incredible...!


That's what I came to say. Sounds like he had a rather exciting time during WWII.
 
2012-07-03 01:39:21 AM
Done in one.

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2012-07-03 01:53:27 AM
Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.
 
2012-07-03 05:53:03 AM

CraicBaby: Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.


Yeah. But the French are known as surrender-y, so we should make him American. An American who fights the nazi's, and kills hitler. That would be awesome!
 
2012-07-03 05:56:07 AM
That's pretty interesting. My barbed-wire tattoo on my upper arm is actually a reminder of my great grandfather who died at Treblinka.
 
2012-07-03 05:56:11 AM
those damn Nazis again
 
2012-07-03 05:57:41 AM

Ooba Tooba: CraicBaby: Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.

Yeah. But the French are known as surrender-y, so we should make him American. An American who fights the nazi's, and kills hitler. That would be awesome!


And he needs to be played by Arnie. Just to confuse matters.
 
2012-07-03 06:02:32 AM

Ooba Tooba: CraicBaby: Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.

Yeah. But the French are known as surrender-y, so we should make him American. An American who fights the nazi's, and kills hitler. That would be awesome!


Yeah, but he's still not familiar with "the streets" of France. He needs a black guy with a troubled past fighting his inner demons and winning back the trust of his daughter, with wacky observations in slang about how crazy the situations turn out to be.
 
2012-07-03 06:03:01 AM
Farewell, you magnificent bastard.
 
2012-07-03 06:11:12 AM
What a shallow, insignificant life I've lived in comparison.

RIP Count, you earned it.
 
2012-07-03 06:15:27 AM
Would volunteer to be a pallbearer to help carry his huge set of balls.
 
2012-07-03 06:17:30 AM
That was a fantastic read! Excellent find,subby.

Sleep well,True Inglorious Basterd.
 
2012-07-03 06:17:57 AM

maggoo: Farewell, you magnificent bastard.


This.
 
2012-07-03 06:21:04 AM
I read the name as Count Otto von Droste Schattenburg .
 
2012-07-03 06:23:50 AM
Landmine to the knee? Really? Anyone else catch that?
 
2012-07-03 06:23:57 AM
Did anybody notice that he died the 8th of May, and that this is V.E. day;
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, born September 16 1923, died May 8 2012
 
2012-07-03 06:26:50 AM
...After sending a message to London (the reply read simply: "Félicitations") he enjoyed several good bottles with the local Resistance leader, waking the next day with a hangover...

The man was a Farker avant la lettre...

/RIP brave Frenchman
 
2012-07-03 06:28:25 AM
So he fought against the occupiers of his country and then after the war went to fight against those in Vietnam who were fighting the occupation of their country.

It seems occupation is OK if you are doing the occupying.
 
2012-07-03 06:33:08 AM
Mr. Potatoass
Would volunteer to be a pallbearer to help carry his huge set of balls.

this guy doesn't have balls ,he has BALLS
and he would make 007 jealous.
 
2012-07-03 06:34:39 AM
Rochefoucauld? Isn't that a smelly sort of cheese?
 
2012-07-03 06:47:11 AM

CraicBaby: Damn. Hollywood needs to make a movie about this guy.


This would be a perfect role for Gerard Depardieu.*

*I'm half-joking.
 
2012-07-03 06:49:05 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That's pretty interesting. My barbed-wire tattoo on my upper arm is actually a reminder of my great grandfather who died at Treblinka.


Damn you. Now I can't just reflexively make fun of hipsters with ink...
 
2012-07-03 06:49:18 AM
That was an amazing read.
 
2012-07-03 06:49:45 AM

cajunns: Mr. Potatoass
Would volunteer to be a pallbearer to help carry his huge set of balls.

this guy doesn't have balls ,he has BALLS
and he would make 007 jealous.


And Chuck Norris.
 
2012-07-03 06:54:42 AM
After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply. "Even allied to the Devil, it's for La France.")

de Gaulle always was a wanker.
 
2012-07-03 06:56:23 AM

Fark Me To Tears: Was this guy the inspiration for Hogan's Heroes?


Maybe, but he was a real-life
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I met him when he was in DC for some function in the 90's, and he had some fascinating stories to tell. He even had one about "that Dracula fellow" (as he put it), Christopher Lee.

I saw the notice a few weeks ago... glad to see him recognized here.

R.I.P., ballsy French Count guy

"Don't try to lock him up. He escapes, you know."
 
2012-07-03 06:58:24 AM

PunGent: AverageAmericanGuy: That's pretty interesting. My barbed-wire tattoo on my upper arm is actually a reminder of my great grandfather who died at Treblinka.

Damn you. Now I can't just reflexively make fun of hipsters with ink...


It's a tradition in my family. My great grandmother got the barbed wire tattoo in remembrance of him.
 
2012-07-03 07:02:42 AM

PunGent: AverageAmericanGuy: That's pretty interesting. My barbed-wire tattoo on my upper arm is actually a reminder of my great grandfather who died at Treblinka.

Damn you. Now I can't just reflexively make fun of hipsters with ink...


Maybe not but I've heard a Jewish grandmother tattoo rant that would fit perfectly.
 
2012-07-03 07:12:27 AM
Also dressed like a nun ...

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... and escaped the Nazi's.
 
2012-07-03 07:14:38 AM
Let's see here: blows up ammo dump, then spends the rest of the evening getting drunk and laid. Kills one jailer with a table leg, then coolly shoots the other two. Blows up a casemate single-handedly. Goes to Vietnam and conducts successful campaign against guerrillas, but is faulted by high command for not wearing his uniform.

Not surprisingly, he develops a Bad Attitude toward authority.

Read this earlier this week and I've already had a pint in his memory. Think I'll have another one for him tonight.
 
2012-07-03 07:18:02 AM

TenJed_77: Did anybody notice that he died the 8th of May, and that this is V.E. day;
Count Robert de La Rochefoucauld, born September 16 1923, died May 8 2012


Some would say this sort of thing is coincidence, but then we have the coincidence of both Jefferson and Adams dying on July 4th, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.
 
2012-07-03 07:18:11 AM
"suggested that La Rochefoucauld slip into her habit" - this may become a frequent saying in my house.
 
2012-07-03 07:20:19 AM

ambercricket: Rochefoucauld? Isn't that a smelly sort of cheese?


I believe you're thinking of Roquefort. Look up the La Rochefoucaulds, if you want to read about an aristocratic family that has something to be aristocratic about....
 
2012-07-03 07:24:56 AM
He also assisted the flee from law of a criminal deporter of Jews.
 
2012-07-03 07:26:24 AM
Thanks for the submit.
 
2012-07-03 07:28:30 AM
when the Nazis invaded. His father was taken prisoner; the rest of the family took refuge in the Chateau de Villeneuve, east of Paris. Furious at the Occupation, La Rochefoucauld protested long and loud until he was warned to keep quiet by a friendly postman, who had intercepted a letter denouncing the young man to the Nazis.
- His family name protected him from being disappeared, is what it is saying between the lines? As for the friendly postman, that makes it seem like he was just some kindly random person who had personal affection for the rich kid. That's not true. Postmen aren't supposed to read the mail, only deliver it. Who was the postman, and who had directed the postman to read the mail? Was he Resistence all along? in which case, telling the young rich kid to shut the fk up has layers. Was he technically Vichy, but acted on his own for his own reasons?

in 1938, he was taken on a school trip to Berchtesgaden, Hitler's Alpine retreat. When Hitler's convoy drew up, the Fuhrer approached and patted Robert on the cheek affectionately. It was, La Rochefoucauld later recalled, a dream come true for his 15 year-old self.

- this comes directly before the postman reading other people's mail and deciding to tell the rich kid to shut the fk up. did Hitler and his crew know those kids from Adam, or were those kids at that school chosen for a specific reason? if he, at 15, was taken to meet Hitler himself, why was his father imprisoned? Was his dad Resistence all along, collaborator as long as his own interests were left along by the nazis, or did someone think his father was a threat and not loyal enough?

Did someone in naziville think the rich kid could still be useful to them? or did someone in the resistence think so?

Did the rich kid who idolized Hitler condemn the occupation for love of France, or because his dad was treated like an enemy after all the 'love' the family gave der fuhrer?

La Rochefoucauld made contact with the Resistance in the spring of 1942, keen to find a route to join Free French forces in England
- A 21 year old kid, 6 years after idolizing Hitler. All the prettiest girls must have given the most pussy to freedom fighters, and dudes who talked the most game about freedom fighting. like the pussy given in college to dudes who join activist groups. 21 years old, his dad was imprisoned and his rich... young, tragic and an ATM. very attractive to a ho.

After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply. "Even allied to the Devil, it's for La France.")
- Damn. Ain't no hate like old hate. What did Britain do to France? Recently, I mean. And didn't France start the shiat? Talk about proto Cold War relic shiat.

Experienced safe-crackers were brought out of jail to show the recruits the art of breaking and entering.
- I don't know what this means. Just looks like a weird turn of phrase, especially since this dude and two Brits spent three months in jail themselves before the dude at the embassy freed them. it looks weird because it looks like a distinction was being made between types of prisoners, and this dude was more valuable on the outside than the safecrackers were, you know?. Does it mean the safe-crackers were considered too dangerous to be 'freed' from jail, and were only taken out of jail to teach the rich kids then returned? What happened to the safe-crackers once they taught the kids?

La Rochefoucauld teamed up with a Maquis group
- The Maquis have the flyest modifications on their space buckets. They still don't win, but their buckets are fly.

La Rochefoucauld was awaiting exfiltration by the RAF when he was denounced and arrested. After a series of interrogations, he was condemned to death.
- Who was the wrong person he mouthed off to? and/or whose girl did he fk?

where a chauffeur was pacing near a limousine bearing the swastika flag. Spotting the key in the ignition,

- What happened to the chaffeur? The germans didn't radio ahead that some rich kid escaped off the train? who did the kid plan his escape with, or was it spontaneous that he jumped? The streets were empty, while an escaped freedom fighter was on the loose.......these fools needed wifi.

He smashed through a roadblock before dumping the car and circling back towards Auxerre on foot under cover of night
- He got lost. Or he didn't know where to go once he wrecked the limo, so he went backwards as he knew some people there and not in the surrounding area?

La Rochefoucauld spent a month rebuilding his strength before, in February 1944, recontacting SOE, which ordered him to the Calais coast, then on high alert for the expected Allied invasion, to be extracted by submarine. After a successful rendezvous off Berck, La Rochefoucauld enjoyed a convivial evening with the crew, only to find himself obliged to stay on-board for three days while the sub completed a patrol. Those days of confinement, he wrote, were among his "worst of the war". When the vessel came under depth charge attack, La Rochefoucauld noted later, he had "never been so scared in my life"
- I feel bad for this kid now. I don't know. The impression I get from this passage, after reading what came before, is that he was used. he had an able body, and he had an aristocrat's name, but in the end, he was used because he was young, he was eager, and war is greased by the bodies of the young and eager. I don't know how to explain it. it may have been for the Good Guys, but he's really no different from a suicide bomber. I don't get the feeling that there was any planning, on France's part. Just use what you got when you get it. If it works out, fine, if it doesn't, you tried. Like, if the kid had stayed with his aunt and uncle -- who had been given the impression he was dead -- would France/the SOE have come looking for him, or would they have allowed him to stay with his aunt and uncle and never have anything further to do with the War?
 
2012-07-03 07:33:40 AM

LonMead: Fark Me To Tears: Was this guy the inspiration for Hogan's Heroes?

Maybe, but he was a real-life
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I met him when he was in DC for some function in the 90's, and he had some fascinating stories to tell. He even had one about "that Dracula fellow" (as he put it), Christopher Lee.

I saw the notice a few weeks ago... glad to see him recognized here.

R.I.P., ballsy French Count guy

"Don't try to lock him up. He escapes, you know."


I was thinking exactly this.
Makes me feel lazy and uninteresting...and I'm not.
 
2012-07-03 07:45:18 AM

ExperianScaresCthulhu: After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply. "Even allied to the Devil, it's for La France.")
- Damn. Ain't no hate like old hate. What did Britain do to France? Recently, I mean. And didn't France start the shiat? Talk about proto Cold War relic shiat.


It has nothing to do with the Cold War, it is much, much older than that. There is a book by Stephan Clark 1000 Years of Annoying the French
 
2012-07-03 07:48:52 AM

ambercricket: Rochefoucauld? Isn't that a smelly sort of cheese?


That comment is Limbaughesque....
 
2012-07-03 08:00:21 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: ambercricket: Rochefoucauld? Isn't that a smelly sort of cheese?

That comment is Limbaughesque....


Wouldn't that be Limburgeresque - as it's usually compared to B.O., just like what falls out of his mouth.
 
2012-07-03 08:02:12 AM
came for
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leaving.
disappointed.
 
2012-07-03 08:02:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: That's pretty interesting. My barbed-wire tattoo on my upper arm is actually a reminder of my great grandfather who died at Treblinka.


Small world. My great grandfather died at Auschwitz.

He fell out of the guard tower.
 
2012-07-03 08:04:57 AM
So he was a war hero who ended up protecting a nazi sympathizer. fark this guy.
 
2012-07-03 08:06:56 AM

Spanky McStupid: Also dressed like a nun ...

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... and escaped the Nazi's.


Who know who else is hot and dress like a nun?
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2012-07-03 08:09:44 AM
This is a Rochefoucauld, the thinnest water-resistant watch in the world.
Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland and water-resistant to three atmospheres. This is the sports watch of the '80s. $6,955 retail.

Got a receipt?

Look, it tells time simultaneously in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London,Paris, Rome and Gstaad.

In Philadelphia it's worth 50 bucks.
 
2012-07-03 08:13:38 AM

TenJed_77: ExperianScaresCthulhu: After meeting de Gaulle to ask his permission to join British forces ("Do it," came the reply. "Even allied to the Devil, it's for La France.")
- Damn. Ain't no hate like old hate. What did Britain do to France? Recently, I mean. And didn't France start the shiat? Talk about proto Cold War relic shiat.

It has nothing to do with the Cold War, it is much, much older than that. There is a book by Stephan Clark 1000 Years of Annoying the French


I read that book and thought he was far too simplistic and glossed over the real meat of the matters at hand. Interesting that on his webpage he says its 64.3% accurate.
 
2012-07-03 08:15:57 AM
That's amazing he managed to escape for so long, what's even more amazing is the tenacity of the Nazis. After all these years they finally caught up with him. I didn't read the article.
 
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