One of the last French heroes of D-Day, Hubert Faure, dies at the age of 106

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Faure, in the photo, was part of a group of 177 commandos under the command of Lieutenant Philippe Kieffer



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One of the last French commandos to storm the beaches of Normandy on D-Day has died at the age of 106.

Hubert Faure was one of the 177 commandos led by the French who landed in the troops of the first wave ashore on June 6, 1944.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to Faure, saying he had “the gratitude of the nation”.

The former French commando Hubert Faure, who was among the first troops to land in Normandy on June 6, 1944, died at the age of 106.

Faure, pictured, was part of a group of 177 commandos under the command of Lieutenant Philippe Kieffer

Faure, pictured, was part of a group of 177 commandos under the command of Lieutenant Philippe Kieffer

Faure and his comrades landed on Colleville beach in northern France and secured the German fortifications at Ouistreham

Faure and his comrades landed on Colleville beach in northern France and secured the German fortifications at Ouistreham

Faure and his comrades landed on Colleville beach in northern France and secured the German fortifications at Ouistreham

Speaking to Faure’s family, he said the former commando had provided “a wonderful lesson in commitment and heroism”.

As part of the “Kieffer Commandos”, named after the head of the unit, Lieutenant Philippe Kieffer, one of the first French fighters to join the resistance movement Free France under Charles de Gaulle, Faure landed on the beach of Colleville in the north of France.

The only French soldiers involved in the D-Day landings, they achieved their objective of securing the German fortifications at Ouistreham before joining the Allied forces to continue their journey.

Ten of them were dead at the end of the day.

“They were the soul of our nation,” said the Ministry of the Armed Forces in a statement announcing the death of Faure which leaves only a living member of the Kieffer commandos, Leon Gautier, 98 years old.

Faure had been imprisoned in 1940 but escaped and reached England where he joined the Free French Forces.

Faure had been imprisoned in 1940 but escaped and reached England where he joined the Free French Forces.

Faure had been imprisoned in 1940 but escaped and reached England where he joined the Free French Forces.

Faure had been imprisoned in 1940 but escaped and reached England where he joined the Free French Forces.

There, in the spring of 1944, he joined the 1st Battalion Marine Commando Fusiliers, better known under the name of “Kieffer Commandos”.

It took another 75 years before a statue of Kieffer, who died in 1962, was erected in Ouistreham.

Some of the survivors of his commando group waited until 2004, the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, to receive the Legion of Honor, the highest distinction in France.

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