Robin Alan Hale, born St Albans Hertfordshire United Kingdom 2 February 1946
It's not often we have such a powerful photo to comprehensively exhibit a wannabe. Here is Robin Alan Hale of Melbourne, aka Count Robin Graf Von Halle in all his glory. An ex member of The Legion of Frontiersmen. Hale is a true wannabe, he never went anywhere and never experienced operational service., however, if you look at this geek with all of his paraphernalia in place you would think he was a "hot shot" General who has done it all.
Considering his list of occupations, we decided to keep it simple and provide irrefutable evidence that he wears defence medals that he is not entitled to. We have no concern about what the Legion of Frontiersmen wear to their meetings as long as they do not fraudulently wear Australian or other nation's defence medals. We know the current executive of The Legion of Frontiersmen Australian Division require that their members comply with Honours and Awards protocol. Some anecdotes relating to his Frontiersman's activities have been included along with irrefutable facts.
What Robin says - Policeman in Sarawak - 1960s
At age 19 years Robin was a "policeman" in the British Sarawak Police Force, where he was Mentioned in Despatches MID for his police work during Confrontation with Indonesia. If you look really hard, you can see his General Service Medal complete with Oak Leaf (second medal from the left) for this campaign, alongside that medal, on the right, he wears another for his service in Sarawak, we believe this is the Pingat Khidmet Berbakti (PKB) that was issued to British Commonwealth personnel who were seconded to Malaysian forces.
What is the truth - Police Service in British Sarawak 1960s
Hale's claim of serving as a nineteen year old policeman in Sarawak during the years of Confrontation with Indonesia, and his award of the imperial General Service Medal (GSM) with a Mentioned in Dispatches Oak Leaf ( MID), in addition to the Pingat Khidmet Berbakti is just plain fraud. Hale is an imposter, a fraud and a liar, he was not in Malaysia or anywhere else overseas in the mid 1960s. Hale has been accepted as a member of the Victorian Branch of the Malaya Borneo Veterans Association Australia, (MBVAA) another instance of an Ex Services Organisation bereft of due diligence when vetting applications for membership. Hale was able to use his membership to this association as further false evidence that he is a "genuine veteran". On the 3rd march 1964 aged eighteen years and one month Hale enlisted in the Australian Citizens Military Forces, at 33 Company, Royal Australian Army Service Corps (RAASC) in Melbourne. At the time of enlistment he wrote on a Personal Data Sheet that he was in the third year of a four year hairdressers apprenticeship, therefore, we know what he was doing from 1961 to his enlistment date. Following his enlistment in March 1964, all of his time is accounted for well beyond the time frame when he could have been awarded a GSM for service in Sarawak. He was never there. Below is a crop from his Personal Data Sheet completed in 1964, and a sheet from his record of service that accounts for his time from 1964 until 1968.
What Robin Hale says - Served in South Vietnam
Hale claims to have served in South Vietnam as an Army Reserve Officer selected for a short term tour in South Vietnam.
What is the truth about Hale's Service in South Vietnam
Army Reserve Officers involved in short term trips to South Vietnam subsequently became eligible for the Vietnam Logistics and Support Medal (VLSM), but (completely out of character) Hale claimed he did not apply for the medal because he had too many bad memories about his time in South Vietnam . In addition the cad claims to have fathered a daughter whilst in country, but had lost contact with her since the communists took control. In relating this story Hale has been seen shedding tears of sorrow. What a lot of codswallop, this blokes deceit has no boundaries. He never set foot in South Vietnam during that war, any conception that took place would have been truly immaculate.
What Robin says - Freedom fighter in Afghanistan - 1979
In 1979 Robin Hale "slipped" off to Afghanistan on a covert mission to work with the Mujahideen freedom fighters and joined in their war against the Soviet Union. Hale parachuted into the province of Badakhshan on a clandestine intelligence gathering mission and earned the title of Sadar of Badakhshan. (Sadar is a Hindu word that means Chief, therefore we have "Chief of Badakhshan") For this service Hale was given an honorary commission in the Afghanistan Army and awarded an important Afghanistan medal supposedly called "The Crown of Ammanullah". The medal is the one with the dark ribbon, (it is actually a deep emerald colour) first in line on his left hand side next to the Malaysian GSM. Hale and some of his friends have a photograph of himself and a co-conspirator, bearded, wearing rugged knee boots, heavy sweaters and beanies, Hale claims it was taken during his "mission" into Afghanistan.
What is the truth about his military service with the Mujahideen in Afghanistan in the 1979
The citation and the commission were coordinated by a UK Frontiersman known as (don't ask why) the late "His Serene Highness Prince Jamie Craik of Assington" who at the time was secretary to His Royal Highness the King of Jordan whilst HRH was in the UK. HRH the King of Jordan is the nephew of the old King of Afghanistan - Zahir Shah. The "covert raid" is no more than a despicable conspiracy hatched up and facilitated by the late "His Serene Highness Prince Jamie Craik of Assington" , Hale and others to raise themselves to hero status and to be able to fraudulently wear another medal. The old King of Afghanistan - Zahir Shah was living in Browns Hotel in London at the time. Craik was working for the old kings nephew, HRH the King of Jordan and was able to get his hands on all kinds of blank documents The fake commission is known to have been signed with the name "Hussein", but people who have seen it believe it is a forgery signed by Hale himself - don't know what they do to people in Jordan who forge the Kings signature - you probably would lose an appendage or two. Hale, a medal dealer, designed, commissioned and borrowed the money to manufacture the "The Crown of Ammanullah" for himself and others. Some other Australians who also received "The Crown of Ammanullah" for make believe service in Afghanistan, chose not to wear it.
Hale was never in Afghanistan during 1979 the photo of himself and another supposedly taken in Afghanistan whilst on the "mission" was taken in a co-conspirators back yard in the leafy suburb of Eltham in Melbourne.
We have an interesting explanation of how genuine Afghanistan awards were made during this time from an international expert on Afghanistan affairs.
It is known that the exiled Zahir Shah instituted and widely awarded a couple of decorations while he was enjoying his exile in London and Rome during the republic and socialist period. These were -- as this example suggests -- not "normal" Afghan awards and were entirely newly invented "dynasty-in-exile" awards (and he may still be awarding them even after his return to Afghanistan). While they were usually awarded for financial contributions that were nominally in support of the résistance, it has never been proved that the funds ever reached them How one views these unofficial "dynastic" awards that one could earn simply if their cheque didn't bounce may raise touchy issues with some.
It seems that whilst the old king was selling his medals, so was his nephew's secretary the late "His Serene Highness Jamie Craik of Assington".
What Robin says - Awarded a Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD)
Robin wears a Reserve Forces Decoration, awarded to him for fifteen years of efficient service as an officer in the part time ranks of the Australian Army Reserve. This medal allows the use of the post nominal, "RFD".
What is the truth about the Reserve Forces Decoration (RFD) and Sword of Honour
Hale joined the CMF in March 1964. He attended an officer qualifying course from 4 February 1969 until Dec 1970, when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant. To be eligible for the Reserve Forces Decoration he would have to serve efficiently, until at least the 4 February 1990. We believe Hale resigned his commission well before February 1990 and has no entitlement to the RFD. In relation to the officer qualifying course attended by Hale in 1969/1970, he claims to have won the Sword of Honour for achieving first place on the course. Dream on Robin.
What Robin says - Queen Elizabeth 2nd Coronation Medal
In 1953, Robin, a seven year old Cub Scout was selected as a car door opener for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth during her coronation ceremonies. For this service Hale was awarded a coronation medal which he has proudly worn on his Army Reserve Officers uniform.
What is the truth about the Coronation Medal
In March 1980 Hale is reported as wearing the Coronation Medal together with his only legitimate medal, the Australian National Medal and the fake Afghanistan medal.(He may also have a claim to the recently issued Australian Defence Medal (ADM)). At this point in time we will leave you to decide whether HRH really gave Robin Hale this medal or is it just another example of Hale's deceit. In due course we will receive official word from the UK National Archives, and then update this entry.
What Robin says - A Count, a General, a Knight
Robin Hale wears the military rank of General. When in his regalia he also wears lots of medals, badges and baubles to show that he is a Knight Templar. For Robin Hale playing a Knight and General is chicken feed, because he hails from German aristocratic stock, on occasion he becomes Robin Von Graf Halle (which means Robin Prince Count Halle). People have suggested that he is well described when called a Count, and we agree. Despite his claimed aristocratic German lineage he was born in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom on the 2 Feb 1946. We bet his family were not broadcasting their so called German lineage in the United Kingdom at that time in History.
Another of Hale's Mates - "Bonny Prince Michael"
Mick Lafosse born in Belgium and living in Scotland decided he was heir to the Royal Stuart family of Scotland and became "HRH Prince Michael of Albany" he was also a good mate of Robin Hale. Lafosse created lots of royal baubles like Lorraine and Templar crosses and Knights things - for sale of course - and we are reliably advised that Hale got some of his badges and dangling things from the "Bonny Prince". Where is the prince now? He was thoroughly discredited as a fraud, the last we heard was that in 2004 he was running as an independent in an election in the Czech Republic - and still claiming to be a royal prince.
There are none lower than Robin Alan Hale. He was an Australian Army Commissioned Officer, a position that commands respect from Australian soldiers and the community in general. By wearing fake medals Hale has brought disgrace upon himself and lowers the traditional high standards practised by Australian Army Reserve Officers.
Hale is a worthless bag of wind, so full of lies and deceit that he probably believes his own rhetoric. He steals the honour of genuine veterans whilst flouncing around in a clown suit wearing high rank, covered in baubles, badges, and medals to which he is not entitled . We are also reliably advised that this cretin even wears counterfeit Legion of Frontiersmen medals. We are confident that the Australian Division of Frontiersmen will be equally disgusted at the disclosure of the antics of this ex Frontiersman, they, like us, do not tolerate members fraudulently pretending to be Australian veterans with honourable operational service.
Hale steals the honour of genuine veterans.
Hale has committed serious offences against the Defence Act 1903, namely section 80A, Falsely representing to be a returned servicemen and section 80B, Improper Use of Service Decorations. Each one of these offences carries a penalty of a fine of $3300.00 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
This legislation is a toothless tiger that was set up by politicians to influence the veteran vote. Politicians, the Department of Public Prosecutions, the Federal Police and State Police will not pursue offenders under this legislation - Veterans are disgusted with this inaction and demand prosecution of offenders without fear or favour.
This failed Army Reserve officer has offended veterans everywhere. He is a disgrace to his peers, he should be marked as being not welcome in every ex service establishment in the British Commonwealth. We are reliably advised the Victorian Branch of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans Association Australia (NMBVAA) have sent Hale on his way.
Ex service organisations who through lack of care allow wannabes into their organisations legitimise imposters by giving credence to their lies. It has been shown over and over again that when wannabes get into ex service organisation they bring in their mates and jeopardise the integrity of the veteran community.
This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.