Scottish tribute to French D-Day commandos

29th April 2004, Comments 0 comments

ACHNACARRY, Scotland, April 29 (AFP) - The bravery of an elite French commando unit which stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day was remembered in a ceremony Thursday at their old training headquarters in the Scottish Highlands.

ACHNACARRY, Scotland, April 29 (AFP) - The bravery of an elite French commando unit which stormed the Normandy beaches on D-Day was remembered in a ceremony Thursday at their old training headquarters in the Scottish Highlands.

Ten veterans of the "Kieffer" unit - named after its commander, Philippe Kieffer - joined two British D-Day veterans and around 30 young British and French commandos at the memorial near Achnacarry in Scotland.

The veterans, aged 78 to 86 and wearing their trademark green berets, were among the first French soldiers to reach the Normandy beaches on June 6, 1944.

"We are here today to thank them for their courage and their bravery," said a priest at the ceremony, before inviting prayers for the soldiers who died in the operation.

"It's truly moving to see them here before this monument. They deserve the acknowledgement of everyone for what they accomplished," said Dominique Kieffer-Salvar, daughter of the green berets' commander.

At the end of the ceremony, an emotional Mrs Kieffer-Salvar slowly approached the bronze monument to read aloud the inscription: "In the memory of the officers and men of the commandos who died in the Second World War (1939-45). This country was their training ground."


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