Story 67: Corporal Emile Boutard & Captain Georges Muller
Amongst those foreign nationals who served under British Command were Frenchmen who returned to their occupied country as part of the Free French Forces to liberate it from the Nazis.
This story marks the start and the end of the Battle of Normandy as seen through French eyes.
Corporal Emile Boutard from Brittany was killed on the very first day of battle, on D-Day itself.
A merchant navy sailor before the war, by early 1943, he had escaped France and was in London with Free French forces.
Two patriotic Frenchmen who served with British units will now be remembered for generations to come at the site where – thanks to their sacrifice – France became free again.