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King George VI inspects British 1st Airborne troops in training, 16th of March 1944. To the King’s left wearing the Pegasus patch is Brigadier John ‘Shan’ Hackett, 4th Parachute Brigade and to the King’s right is Lt. Col. Kenneth Smyth, 10th Parachute Battalion.

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King George VI confers the DFC to P/O Albert G "Zulu" Lewis of No 85 Squadron RAF in an award ceremony at RAF Debden a day after it was gazetted on 25 June 1940 for destroying 5 Me 109 fighters in 2 patrols on 19 May. The recommendation was made by S/L John OW "Doggie" Oliver on watching the 22-year-old South African despatching 3 over Seclin in Hurricane Mk I AK-A, still bearing markings of No 213 Squadron RAF, before evacuating the base for Merville later the day.

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King George VI congratulates acting F/L Alan C "Al" Deere on decorating him with the DFC at RAF Hornchurch on 27 June 1940. The award was gazetted on 11 June for his part in the action on the morning of 23 May when he destroyed 2 Me 109 fighters while escorting a Master Mk I to Calais to rescue S/L Francis L "Drogo" White of No 74 Squadron RAF. In just 5 days in support of the Dunkirk evacuation, the New Zealander tallied 7 and 1 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed and 1 damaged.

A young German soldier having just been treated by medical personnel of the 48th Armored Medical Battalion (2d Armd Div), is being prepared for evacuation to the rear. Picture taken during 'Operation Cobra', Normandy, France, July 28, 1944.

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from LExpress.fr

Incendies à Fort McMurray: scènes d'apocalypse dignes d'Independence Day

A massive wildfire, which caused a mandatory evacuation, rages south of Fort McMurray