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French deserve D-Day praise as well as troops

HOW Anglocentric is this country going to become? Those of us who were on active service (but not, alas, in Normandy) had nothing but the highest regard for those who landed and knew the slaughter of the first 10 weeks or so. That regard has remained with me all my life (I am now 96).

But where are the expressions of sympathy and admiration for the French people? Homes, villages, churches and, above all, human lives, cattle, means of living lost, or damaged; railways and roads machine-gunned, bridges destroyed... all this after four years of enemy occupation.

ROBERT HOPE

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