France, Britain remember WWII SAS dead

6th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

SENNECY-LE-GRAND, France, Sept 4 (AFP) - French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Britain's Princess Anne presided Saturday over a ceremony commemorating the members of the SAS who lost their lives during World War II.

SENNECY-LE-GRAND, France, Sept 4 (AFP) - French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie and Britain's Princess Anne presided Saturday over a ceremony commemorating the members of the SAS who lost their lives during World War II.  

Some 400 former members of Britain's elite Special Air Services attended the ceremony at the monument to their 529 British, French and Belgian comrades in arms killed during the war.  

Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth, paid homage to the "bravery and sacrifice" of the SAS soldiers which "succeeding generations will never forget."  

The ceremony took place on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Sennecy-Le-Grand by SAS units which had infiltrated behind German lines and inflicted heavy losses on a German convoy stationed in the eastern French town.  

Alliot-Marie saluted the "generosity and self-sacrifice" of the soldiers who fought to return France its "sovereignty, pride and grandeur."  

During World War II the SAS also had two French and a Belgian regiment.

 

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