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Hubert Faure – Kieffer commando – Biography

Hubert Faure

Troop 1
1er bataillon fusilier-marin commando
1st Special Service Brigade


Hubert Faure was born on May 28, 1914 in Neuvic-en-Dordogne. He studied at the Sarlat Jesuit High School while his father, usher and former hairy, died in 1933 as a result of the gas wounds suffered during the Battle of Verdun. The following year, he enlisted as a non-commissioned officer at the 22nd Regiment of Dragons in Pontoise, before serving as an instructor in Paris. He studied the works dedicated to the Cavalry drafted by Charles de Gaulle with all the more curiosity that he served in a regiment of battle tanks when the Second World War broke out in 1939. Hubert Faure was then engaged with his unit in reserve , Behind the Maginot line, before participating in the battle of Montcornet (Aisne) on May 17, 1940, which sees the engagement of the 4th division armored commanded by Colonel de Gaulle.

e was captured in June 1940, but managed to escape and join the French forces when the Armistice was signed. When the Allies launched Operation Torch in North Africa on November 8, 1942, Hubert Faure decided to join the French Free Forces in England. This was the beginning of a long journey that, like his future comrade Maurice Chauvet, leads him to Spain to be taken prisoner. In spite of everything, he escapes and rally the Portugal from where he manages to fly to England. In June 1943, one before the disembarkation, he volunteered to join the French commandos framed by the commander Philippe Kieffer. With excellent physical condition, steel morale and military experience, he was immediately noticed by the commando training at Achnacarry in Scotland. With the rank of Warrant Officer and his green beret on his head, he became the master-master of the French Navy (equivalent of Chief Warrant Officer in the French Army) and commanded a section within Troop 1.

During the preparation of the disembarkation, the French discovered the muted maps and the models of the beaches to take by assault. With his men, Hubert Faure quickly recognized Normandy: “We knew it immediately. On the dining table, there was a whole bunch of aerial photographs of the Normandy beaches and maps. But we were forbidden to talk about it to anyone. ” He remembers the words of Commander Kieffer before embarking to cross the Channel: “The commander told us that there would be many losses. Those who did not want to go could leave, he would not blame them. But no one has deflated. At that age, we are not afraid of dying. It was a pride for us to participate in the liberation of our country. “

On June 6, 1944, he disembarked with his men in front of the commune of Colleville-sur-Orne (today Colleville-Montgomery) under heavy fire, being blown by the explosion of German shells which take off the pleura and he Spit blood. He received even communion the abbot René de Naurois, chaplain of the commando, just after the disembarkation. Less than two hours after the start of the assault, it became the only Troop 1 frame still valid, the others having been wounded in the fire: from 8.15, Troop 1 headed towards the defensive complex of the Casino, one A formidable set of bunkers and artillery positions that the French must take by storm. But Faure and his men were compartmentalised in their progress by the obstacles installed by the Germans. Despite the four shots of PIAT, the German defense holds. While Kieffer departed a British tank to support the French commandos, it was Hubert Faure who commanded the forces in front and directed the shots of destruction. Once the casino was neutralized, it moved successively towards Bénouville, the Pegasus bridge and finally Amfreville, where the commandos held out against multiple German incursions for many weeks. He was hit by a burst of shells, his wound was infected and he was repatriated to England on July 7, 1944, like many of his brothers in arms. Hubert Faure, however, is rehired from August 15 in Normandy.

If he does not take part in the assault on Flushing with the other French commandos due to a spinal injury, he finds his unit at the front in the Netherlands on the occasion of the assault of the ” Island of Schouwen. But his condition is not improving and he must end his military career at the end of the war in Europe. He resumed his studies and became a public works engineer.
On July 14, 2008, Hubert Faure was promoted to the rank of Commander of the Legion of Honor, a decoration given by Admiral Philippe de Gaulle: “I wanted the badge to be given to me by someone from Free France. The Admiral is a marvel of kindness. He is my neighbor, and my friend at the same time for thirty years. “

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