Pain of capture at St Valery-en-Caux recalled

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Old soldiers who saw action in France after hundreds of thousands of Allied troops were evacuated at Dunkirk were honoured at a civic reception in Inverness this week.

The veterans had served with the 51st Highland Division, which recruited from communities across the Highlands and Islands.

On 12 June 1940, about 10,000 men of the division were captured at St Valery-en-Caux along with thousands of French soldiers.

Historians increasingly concede that the "Forgotten 51st" was deliberately left behind as a third of a million were brought out at Dunkirk....

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