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taps for Capt. John Robson. One hell of a brave battling Brit.  rip

While I’m sure there were very brave soldiers in all armies, I’m living here and here is where my concern is.
But there’s something else. Now perhaps I’m all wet on this. I am after all married to a Brit, so it should go without saying I am very pro Brit.  I’ve read a bit of their military history, and the derring-do as exemplified by this crazily brave and outstanding soldier is repeated again and again by the men and women in service to this country.  It’s a damn crying shame these lions have been betrayed and the Great Britain they fought for is now only Britain.

RIP Captain John Robson

Captain John Robson, who has died aged 88, was awarded an MC in Italy in 1945 and subsequently had a successful career in industry.

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On April 26 1945, Robson, then a lieutenant serving with the 12th Royal Lancers, was patrolling in an armoured car near Lendinara, northern Italy, with orders to carry out a reconnaissance on the approaches to the river Adige. He was in close country, there were enemy pockets of resistance everywhere, and he and his troop corporal decided that they must cover the last part on foot.
As they got near to the river, their way was barred by a strong German fighting patrol. Robson was short of time because the Engineers were in urgent need of his report. He and his comrade were unsupported and heavily outnumbered. If it came to a confrontation, they stood every chance of being killed or captured — but they immediately opened fire with their Tommy guns and charged the enemy.
In the short, fierce fight that followed, they killed four and made prisoners of another eight. They then went on to the river and, after getting back to the cars, were able to radio the vital information required. Robson was awarded an Immediate MC. The citation added: “This is only one of several occasions when he has shown outstanding qualities of determination and fighting spirit.”
John Edward Robson was born in London on April 8 1923. He was educated at Haileybury, where there were compulsory cold baths every morning and the loos – there were about 20 of them in rows facing each other – were in a roofless building that was known as White City.
In 1941 Robson went up to Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, to read Natural Sciences but left in the summer of 1942 and, after completing a short course at Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the 27th Lancers. He was posted to the 12th Lancers and, having joined the regiment in Algiers in October 1943, landed in Naples the following April.
As they approached Venice, in the last days of the Italian campaign, Robson and a New Zealand company commander were told to secure the Hotel Danieli. The order came from General Freyberg, who had spent his honeymoon there. Robson commandeered a gondola and, as he wrote in his memoirs, “we were shot at by the fascists from the palazzos along the sides as we were punted down the Grand Canal”.

obit source, telegraph


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