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  • Maurice Chauvet, Commando hero and artist

    "We learned of the death of Maurice Chauvet, at the age of 92. Former Commando Kieffer, he had landed at Ouistreham, the 6th of June 1944 with the Battalion of Commando Marines. Wounded on June 10, he was evacuated. He was Corporal (quartier-maître) à la Troop 8.

    Artist, Maurice Chauvet is the man who designed the insignia of the Commandos Marine, with the brig, and the dagger.

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    Born in June 2 of 1918, he began in 1936 studying art deco, interrupted by the war. He was mobilized as a seaman gunner on the Georges Leygues. Rejecting the German occupation, he tried to go to London, an adventure that will last long journey from January 1941 to June 1943 ... after a stay in Spanish prisons.

    After the war, he pursued a career in film for the Onera (the French Aerospace Lab), while staying very faithful to the memory of the Kieffer Commando. Adviser to the film The Longest Day, he had published several books recounting the epic "One Thousand and one day for the D-Day" (Michel Lafon), It's Long Way to Normandy (Picollec), "Lancelot, a Free France soldier"and" Fusilier Marin, commando of Free France ".

    Strong personality, his relationship with Philippe Kieffer had never been easy. He was a great admirer of Charles Trepel and did not, ironically, appreciate the rebirth of the Kieffer Commando, considering that only the fallen should have the right to be honored.

    Maurice Chauvet, who had lost his eyesight in recent years, was an original who was not afraid to appear in plaid pants, distant memory of his visit to the training center of Achnacarry. A widower, he was a boarder at the Invalides.

    The heraldic description of the insignia is as follows: "On a shield of bronze, which is in France, bringing to the center of the brig Adventure supported by waves, superimposed with a dagger Commando, led the district chief of sinistral dexter canton the tip, and decorated with a Cross of Lorraine in the dexter chief canton. The ecu is based on a ribbon bearing the inscription "1st Battalion Commando FM. Both ends tucked show two small anchors recalling the marine origin of the unit. "
    You'll live, only the best get killed.

    -General Charles de Gaulle

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    Yet another French hero leaves us and creates another crack in the rotten myth of French cowardice during the war.

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      Originally posted by asterix View Post
      "We learned of the death of Maurice Chauvet, at the age of 92. Former Commando Kieffer, he had landed at Ouistreham, the 6th of June 1944 with the Battalion of Commando Marines. Wounded on June 10, he was evacuated. He was Corporal (quartier-maître) à la Troop 8.

      Artist, Maurice Chauvet is the man who designed the insignia of the Commandos Marine, with the brig, and the dagger.

      http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~dh...rIns/fusco.gif
      RIP, M. Chauvet

      I would not have immediately recognised the dagger in the insignia he designed as a Fairbairn-Sykes fighting knife.
      BoRG

      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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