foxy lady…

Dear diablog,

I, annoyingly, still find too little time to find, scan/photograph or edit all the ‘stuff’ I have on our hero Sash Fisher. This has to get better – soon.

However, one easy bit was to post detail of his contribution to


with a ‘super cast’ of the time


which included one of those WW2 looking Renault vans.


For us, however, the contract arrangements are of interest…


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message on the bottle…

Dear diablog,

I was admonished by Engine Room, last week, for having ignored for literally ages our Treasure Chest category with ‘stuff’ on our wartime hero Sash Fisher – and he was, as often (but not always) right.

The problem for me is that a) there is so much to go through and b) I would become welded to the scanner for indefinite periods and unable to look into the other things that interest (obsess?) me.

Luckily for me the serendipity that seems to follow my life found this at the top of the list and personally it fascinates me on numerous levels.

First the time and what was going on at the time of writing

para 1: it appears that things may quieten down a little

– er, in August ’41? Hello?

para 2: what service? The Navy, ‘normal’ service’, at Lyons Corner House?

para 3: oh well, looks like those of us still here are doing pretty well then!



but those blasted capitalists…


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the eagle has landed 2…

Dear Diablog,

Yesterday’s post on Remembrance Day reminded me that I had unfinished work.

A couple of days ago I referred to Sasha and the Order of the White Eagle.

To add credence to the medal photo and certificate I would add

Sasha London Gazette by diablog

with, on the fourth page


which I figure properly puts that point to bed.

Well done Sasha.

Yours, diablog, as partisan as ever – and wondering what went on


the eagle has landed 1…

Dear diablog,

I make no apologies for publishing this on the 69th anniversary of this document – it is the day Sasha received it!

I suppose there is a case for having left it til the 70th anniversary, but knowing me I could have easily lost it by then!

Much of this post is guess work (as this is one that Smiles has not had translated!) but we seem to have added reason for the admiration of Sasha and his wartime exploits.

The Order of the White Eagle is described here, and it would appear that it also existed in Poland though I think that due to his work in former Yugoslavia it would be the Serb one.

It would, I guess, be linked to the (now stolen) watch shown here.

I apologise for the large chopped off sections, my scanner can’t cope!!


The document is very imposing…

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been there, done that…

Dear Diablog,

Here I asked Smiles to translate a couple of documents found in our Sasha Fisher hoard and he tetchily replied that he would only do it if I carried out some sort of dastardly forfeit!

Luckily, the emailed translation has been found and is as follows:

The first document is issued by Soviet Embassy in UK. It says:

“Embassy of USSR in UK asks Your assistance to Mr. Fisher Alexander for passing the customs point “101 Moscow Airport”. Mr. Fischer has a diplomatic visa issued by Consular Section of Soviet Embassy on 19.09.1941″”

Second document is:

“Identity Card issued by Commission of Privoljsk Millitary district responsible for Red Army supplies issues to Technician Mr. A. A. Fisher in order to state that he works in Soremovo factory in technical service and has all the rights and previledges of Person giving technical service to the army.

1. He can be called to millitary service only by written permission of the Institution for which he works for.
2. Has a right to second category for food and accomodation.
3. Arrests, confiscations, moving outs of this person only by written permission of the Institution for which he works for.

Thank you so much mon ami, much appreciated.

But there are a couple more!

Again my friend Smiles has had them translated for me

Sasha Fisher Docs 3 and 4

Pass issued by the Popular Commission of Internal Affairs.

Issued to Mr Fischer to allow visits to Molotovsk City.

Valid with Passport or business trip approval document.


The person holding this pass for Prohibited Zones of State Border must register in local office of the Popular Commission of Internal Affairs within 48 hours of arrival date. Same check out procedure must also be executed in local office of Popular Commission of Internal Affairs.

Any person not registering according to these rules will be punished by law.

What was he up to in 1941??

Yours, diablog, out of steppes


i get around a lot…

Dear diablog,

I have just realised (with shame) that it is quite some while since I returned to our treasure chest of the life of our seriously cool hero, Sasha Fisher.

sasha on set

To briefly remind you, after all this time, I quote bits from the speech at his funeral:

Born in Russia, prewar, worked for Columbia Records travelling and collecting folk music from the whole of the Far East – joined RNVR in 1939 – became Lt. Commander of HMS Caverhouse (torpedoed once, mined once!) – loaned to South African Navy – seconded to Special Branch – liason with Russian forcesĀ  and and…

Enough for now, but a seriously interesting and varied life – add all his films and the mind boggles!

Amongst his ‘stuff’ were some documents that some while ago Smiles translated for me. Since the Computer Crash of ’13 these have been lost – maybe he’ll do them again for me.

They include 2 in Russian

Sasha Docs Russian

which interestingly enough are 20 years apart! We know he was born in Russia, but what are these all about!

The earlier probably during a visit, whilst the later was in the middle of the war – phew!

Yours, diablog, using acrylic


keeping watch …

Dear diablog,

Amongst all of Sash Fishers artifacts there is one which I really adore. I can’t find out too much about it but I really think it classy and rather lovely.

This watch is branded ‘G HITOR’ about which I can find nothing. It was certainly made either during or immediately after WW2 (for reasons which will be obvious later) and according to a specialist of my acquaintance, a hotch potch of bits none of which are marked or immediately recognisable.
The hands are steel, the case 9ct gold and it is a chrono – end of. But is it really?
First, the markings on the dial, which look like brown leaves are…