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D-Day: The last march

The most poignant moment in yesterday's 60th anniversary commemorations was the sight of British veterans walking away from an open-air service in Bayeux with all the weariness of their 80 years and more

The forgotten heroes of Normandy

In a small French square, Cahal Milmo joins the Poles - forgotten heroes of Normandy

The unsung metal heroes of D-Day

Invention as well as bravery will be celebrated in Normandy this June - but some ex-combatants will stay at home

1066: The Hidden History of the Bayeux Tapestry by Andrew Bridgeford

The man who really killed King Harold

Jack Straw: The state of the Entente Cordiale

From a speech by the Foreign Secretary on Franco-British relations, delivered in Paris

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Equestrianism: Europe first as title falls to woman

ALEXANDRA LEDERMANN captured the individual title for France at the European Show Jumping Championships here yesterday, when she became the first woman to triumph since the competition became open to both sexes in 1975.

European Times Caen, Normandy: Why we cyclists can never go off the rails

EVER SINCE I was three I've wanted to drive a railway train. This week, in deepest Normandy, I fulfilled my life-time's ambition. The catch was that I had to pedal the train myself.

Travel: On Wednesday the sun disappeared for a bit, allegedly snuffed out by an eclipse - or was it the work of the tourist industry?

I wasn't totally sure if eclipses were real, or if they were media events dreamt up by tourist boards. Which was, of course, why I went to Normandy last Wednesday and climbed up on to a cliff overlooking the ocean. I wanted to expose this scam for what it was.

Letter: Hyping Ryan

Sir: I wonder if Brian Sibley is being fair to the vision of Steven Spielberg in saying that Saving Private Ryan was over-hyped because it contains high levels of realism in its combat scenes ("Hollywood's most over-hyped films", 15 July).
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