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D-Day Hero's Emotional Return to Normandy

A D-Day veteran has paid an emotional visit to the grave of his friend, who was killed during the Normandy landings in 1944. Hugh Maguire...

A D-Day veteran has paid an emotional visit to the grave of his friend, who was killed during the Normandy landings in 1944. 

Hugh Maguire was in his early twenties and fighting alongside his comrade Corporal Thomas Baker, when they came under fire from a Nazi position.

Hugh saw his friend die there on the battlefield, and was himself injured - but immediately asked his commanding officer for permission to go and capture the German position. 

Ranville Cemetery
Hugh Maguire visits his friend's grave at Ranville Cemetery, Normandy

He killed two German soldiers and captured two more during the daring assault. One of those he captured was the notorious SS officer Anton Gecas, who was later convicted of war crimes.

Having been awarded the Legion d'Honneur last year, the 96-year-old returned to Normandy once again, this time with the Scottish War Blinded charity.

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