Do you have adblock enabled?
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(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
    More: Hero, Gestapo, occupied france, Nazis, British Embassy, British Agent, Special Operations Executive, German Army, Charles de Gaulle  
•       •       •

7838 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Jul 2012 at 5:53 AM (3 years ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



79 Comments   (+0 »)
   
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

Archived thread

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all
 
2012-07-03 08:17:51 AM  
picture of what a nun on the run might look like

blogs.villagevoice.com
 
2012-07-03 08:29:49 AM  
By August 1944 the Germans had abandoned Bordeaux. In the city La Rochefoucauld found men in glorious French uniform in every café; on the streets, others wore holsters. "It seemed the heroes were two a penny, now that the danger had passed," he noted. "The ostentation made me feel sick."

Even he thought the French were cowardly. Collaborators during the Occupation, Resistance Fighters after Liberation.
 
2012-07-03 08:31:02 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 Irish. An American Irish Racecar Driver who fights the nazi's, and kills hitler. That would be awesome!


i.telegraph.co.uk

You know... it really was.
 
2012-07-03 08:31:08 AM  
I prefer to think of WWII as nothing short of a comedy of errors.

/it makes the Military Channel much better
 
2012-07-03 08:38:10 AM  

MythDragon: 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.


A Postal movie reference! You sir win an internetz!
 
2012-07-03 08:38:16 AM  

gremlin1: By August 1944 the Germans had abandoned Bordeaux. In the city La Rochefoucauld found men in glorious French uniform in every café; on the streets, others wore holsters. "It seemed the heroes were two a penny, now that the danger had passed," he noted. "The ostentation made me feel sick."

Even he thought the French were cowardly. Collaborators during the Occupation, Resistance Fighters after Liberation.


My dad (who played a minor part in the Dutch Resistance) used to biatch about the same thing. Used to go on about the number of Dutch people after the war who claimed to have been part of the resistance, but noted that the SS had an all-Dutch volunteer brigade.
 
2012-07-03 08:41:40 AM  

karst: MythDragon: 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.

A Postal movie reference! You sir win an internetz!


That's an old, old joke. As is the retort:

Hey, you shouldn't joke about that kinda thing! My grandfather really died at Auschwitz...

Another guard fell on him.
 
2012-07-03 08:42:28 AM  
once by dressing as a Nazi guard and then as a nun

I think I saw that pr0n.
 
2012-07-03 08:47:13 AM  

Dunit: 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.


And he needs to have a superpower.

/and asploshuns
//lots and lots of asploshuns
///big ones
 
2012-07-03 08:49:25 AM  

MythDragon: 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.


Comments like THAT are why I have you favorited :)
 
2012-07-03 08:51:36 AM  
Why not just call them "Hitlerites," as many people did in the 1930s and during the Second World War, or would that just get changed to "Hilterite's" as so many have changed Nazis to Nazi's?
 
2012-07-03 09:12:54 AM  

towatchoverme: gremlin1: By August 1944 the Germans had abandoned Bordeaux. In the city La Rochefoucauld found men in glorious French uniform in every café; on the streets, others wore holsters. "It seemed the heroes were two a penny, now that the danger had passed," he noted. "The ostentation made me feel sick."

Even he thought the French were cowardly. Collaborators during the Occupation, Resistance Fighters after Liberation.

My dad (who played a minor part in the Dutch Resistance) used to biatch about the same thing. Used to go on about the number of Dutch people after the war who claimed to have been part of the resistance, but noted that the SS had an all-Dutch volunteer brigade.


As an Irish friend of mine says about the number of people who claimed to have taken part in the Easter Rising of 1916: "Twenty men went into the Telephone Exchange, and 20,000 came out."
 
2012-07-03 09:13:15 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: 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.


Damn. Shiat. That is wack!
 
2012-07-03 09:19:20 AM  

betelgeux: God-is-a-Taco: 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.

Damn. Shiat. That is wack!


Man, white people are crazy!
 
2012-07-03 09:30:57 AM  
When detectives arrived to question La Rochefoucauld, his wife told them: "Don't try to lock him up. He escapes, you know."
 
2012-07-03 09:32:01 AM  
How could he disguise himself as a nun with huge balls like that?

I'm picturing Snake from MGS3.
 
2012-07-03 09:50:42 AM  
disappointed that no one even tried to reference the count with sesame street...

1, 1 escape.. ha ha ha.
2, 2 escapes... ha ha ha.
3, 3 escapes.... ha ha ha.


RIP you sly basterd!
 
2012-07-03 09:51:33 AM  
Sounds like some of the escapades sent up by Allo Allo.

/Smuggle any paintings of Madonna w/ the big boobies?
 
2012-07-03 09:54:30 AM  
This needs the IRONIC tag since most of the high ranking Nazis escaped post war prosecution through a ratline run by the Vatican. Many had to dress as nuns to move through the lines.
 
2012-07-03 10:10:22 AM  

Mondak: This needs the IRONIC tag since most of the high ranking Nazis escaped post war prosecution through a ratline run by the Vatican. Many had to dress as nuns to move through the lines.


[citation needed]

/why do I bother?
 
2012-07-03 10:26:23 AM  

Slaxl: 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.

I thought it was funny, and it was more about comparing the differences in how they see things differently, than an actual history book.
But I live in France so that might be why.
 
2012-07-03 10:41:14 AM  
ExperianScaresCthulhuwhen the Nazis invaded. His father was taken prisoner; the rest of the family took refuge in the Chateau de Villeneuve, east of Paris.

just can't accept that this guy did great things when great things were needed can you?...not too many ( if any ) people like him around now
and it's our loss
 
2012-07-03 10:58:37 AM  

conjecture and hearsay: 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.


Came looking for this, leaving satisfied.
 
2012-07-03 11:21:57 AM  
Wow. What an insanely incredible life this guy lived.

It makes me wonder, reading these obituaries from WWII heros, do we still have people like them? Are there so many incredible stories because of the scope of the war and amount of people involved? Or was there something different about that time that made men and women braver and more courageous?

Or have we just not experienced an event as horrible as WWII to bring out the best in us?
 
2012-07-03 11:44:55 AM  
RIP french man who was a true bad ass.
 
2012-07-03 11:53:49 AM  
Les couilles du chien
 
2012-07-03 11:56:40 AM  
I hear that Hitler was very cross about the limousine escape. His favorite Banjo was in the trunk.
 
2012-07-03 12:08:14 PM  

CognaciousThunk: Sounds like some of the escapades sent up by Allo Allo.

/Smuggle any paintings of Madonna w/ the big boobies?


The Fallen Madonna with the Big Boobies kind of looks like Helga, no?


As for Rochefoucauld, he would have been a great addition to Hogan's team.
 
2012-07-03 04:08:30 PM  

RichieLaw: Wow. What an insanely incredible life this guy lived.

It makes me wonder, reading these obituaries from WWII heros, do we still have people like them? Are there so many incredible stories because of the scope of the war and amount of people involved? Or was there something different about that time that made men and women braver and more courageous?

Or have we just not experienced an event as horrible as WWII to bring out the best in us?


People tended to be more self reliant, and less whiney, not for reasons of moral superiority, but because there wasn't any other option. You dug in hard, improvised solutions, and played the cards you were dealt; or you died.

armed forces members still do this all the time, as do the residents of the third world shiatholes they find themselves in.

But the Greatest Generation was more than happy to ditch the Rugged Individualism for a life of suburban comfort, and worked hard to shield their kids from that sort of life.

It's a common phenomenon in empires. A stone cold rabble from some godforsaken hinterland gets their act together, and pounds the shiat out of their soft, decadent neighbors, by virtue of bring stupendous badasses. But after a while, the members of the tribe get tired of bring stupendous badasses, and demand to enjoy the fruits of their conquests. Over time, they lose that keen badass edge they acquired on the periphery, and become just like the soft, decadent people that they conquered. Meanwhile, in another party of the world, some other tribe is starting to get its shiat together, and the cycle repeats...

We are obviously in the decaying stage of the american empire. But that doesn't mean we are all soft, or all doomed. Look at recent disasters and you will see that while many people are doomed without the apparatus of society around them, there were a number of people who displayed immense adaptability and courage in the face of enormous challenge.

another example is me. My job requires me to have a decent heart tolerance. Yet I guarantee you that my grandmother had a better heat tolerance at my age than I do, because she lived & worked in an un-airconditioned farmhouse, while I have the thermostat set at 78 degrees. there is nothing stopping me shutting off my AC, and being more of a badass, except the fact that I like to be comfortable.

Yet a month ago, I spent two weeks working 10 hour days in hot temperatures. And after a few days, I was fine. so it is not that our forefathers were superior to us, they just didn't have the options that we do.
 
Displayed 29 of 79 comments

First | « | 1 | 2 | » | Last | Show all

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest


This thread is archived, and closed to new comments.

Continue Farking
Submit a Link »
Advertisement
On Twitter






In Other Media


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.

Report