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World War II Veteran, Ian Hammerton, pictured at his home in Dartford, Kent (Picture: Jason Alden)

Normandy veterans speak: Ian Hammerton - ‘We just wanted to get off the beach quickly’

Lieutenant Ian Hammerton, 91, from Dartford, Kent, is one of a small band of surviving  D-Day officers. He was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944. He commanded five “flail” or “crab” tanks, belonging to the 22nd Dragoons, equipped with frontal booms and chains to detonate mines

Troops from the 48th Royal Marines on Juno Beach, Normandy, during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944

Lest we forget: The Normandy campaign 69 years on

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Normandy Voices: Private Vic Mackenzie

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D-Day: Normandy, 6 June 1944

The importance of D-Day

Without the offensive in Normandy, Hitler would have been able to better resist the Red Army

Troops from the 48th Royal Marines on Juno Beach, Normandy, during the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944

Normandy Voices: Why we're backing a campaign to record the memories of every D-Day survivor

The  pivotal battle is about to pass over the horizon of living memory

Normandy Voices: Captain Ian Hammerton

Mr Hammerton was among the first to land at Juno Beach on 6 June 1944

Frenchman jailed after attempted bank robbery using underwear as a mask

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Freewheel along the Via Francigena in Italy, an old pilgrimage route to Rome, on a 172-mile tour that links Parma and Lucca. Let an E-bike take the strain, firing up its electric engine when you need a little help on those hills. The week's tour costs £641pp, based on two sharing, through Freedom Treks (01273 224066; freedomtreks.co.uk), including B&B, two dinners, luggage transfers and route maps. International travel costs extra.

Then... Panel from the modern Battle of Fulford tapestry produced by campaigners

The Battle of Fulford: War breaks out over 'forgotten' Yorkshire battlefield

Local historians say it's the site of the curtain-raiser to Hastings in 1066. The council wants to build hundreds of houses on it

Maurice Taylor, boss of the US firm Titan: 'The French workforce get paid high wages but only works three hours'

The Grizz mauls 'lazy' French workers over 'three-hour day'

US industrialist Maurice Taylor sparks storm by insulting staff, refuses to save ailing tyre factory

Colbert, 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are on a roll. In the past 10 months, they've opened three major restaurants in central London. The Delaunay flung its doors wide in the Aldwych in early December; its black marble pillars, station clock and calorific cake trolley shouted Vienna in its heyday.

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Cotman in Normandy, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

A much-loved British watercolourist paved the way with his daring, continental tendencies

British fish boats center and right, being prevented to fish by French fishermen, in the English Channel, off Le Havre, western France

British fishermen to call for Royal Navy support after scallop clash with French

Boat crew 'feared for its safety' after coming under attack over fishing in contested waters

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