The Return

Across the choppy Channel plowed the French destroyer Combattante, with the Tricolor whipping smartly from her taffrail. From the bridge General Charles de Gaulle looked toward the shore of invaded Normandy. For him this was a solemn hour. He was coming back to la patrie. He had last trod its earth four years ago, when he fled from defeat to exile with the clarion call to his countrymen: "France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war."

A U.S.-made duck carried Charles de Gaulle from ship to beach. A British-driven...

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