|photo from The Telegraph|
I've been trying to do a little more research on this remarkable man who died last May at the age of 88, but haven't come up with much so far.
Count Robert de La Rochfoucauld was one of the last surviving members of Churchill's SOE. He twice escaped capture and impending execution by the Nazis in occupied France. From his obituary:
En route to his execution in Auxerre, La Rochefoucauld made a break, leaping from the back of the truck carrying him to his doom, and dodging the bullets fired by his two guards. Sprinting through the empty streets, he found himself in front of the Gestapo’s headquarters, where a chauffeur was pacing near a limousine bearing the swastika flag. Spotting the key in the ignition, La Rochefoucauld jumped in and roared off, following the Route Nationale past the prison he had left an hour earlier.