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Veterans honoured in ‘revival of remembrance’

Gavin Drake reports from Normandy on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

THERE were many ceremonies in and around Normandy last Friday, and many moving moments. But the biggest applause - and, indeed, a standing ovation - went to a D-Day veteran who took centre stage at the end of the main international ceremony at Ouistreham, on the beach codenamed Sword.

Johannes Börner was a German paratrooper who was sent with a company of 120 men to fight against the Americans at Saint-Lo on the night of 7 July 1944. Only nine of those 120 survived the battle. Mr ...

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