File - Frenchman, a former member of the Kieffer's green berets commando, Leon Gautier, aged 91, poses outside the number 4 Anglo-French commando museum at Ouistreham, Western France, April 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Charles Platiau)
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When Leon Gautier landed on Sword Beach in a hail of enemy fire on June 6, 1944, as one of the first wave of French commandos to set foot on Normandy soil, the last thing he expected was that 70 years later one of the "Boches" he was fighting against would be a friend and neighbor.It is one of the vagaries of history that both men live today in the same town where Gautier landed on D-Day, Tommy gun in hand and a year of training under his belt, one of Commander Philippe Kieffer's 177 French soldiers who battled the machine-gun fire, land mines and barbed wire of Sword Beach as part of the No. 4 British Commando unit.Gautier was shipped back to Britain after three months of fighting in Normandy, one of only 25 French commandos to escape death or injury in the Battle of Normandy.
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