|Speech by General Alexander,
Commander-in-Chief of the Allied Armies in Italy
to the Polish Corps after the victory at Monte Cassino
Decorating General Wladyslaw Anders
with the Order of the Bath
( in front of the 2nd Corpus troops )
In the name of His Majesty George VI, King of Great Britain, I confer on
you the Order of the Bath....
By conferring on General Anders the Order of the Bath, my Sovereign
has decorated the Commander of the II Army Corps for his excellent
leadership, and also by it expressed his appreciation for the extreme
gallantry and great spirit of self-sacrifice shown by the Polish soldiers
during the battle of Monte Cassino. It was a day of great glory for
Poland, when you took this stronghold the Germans themselves
considered to be impregnable; It was the first state of a major battle that
you went through for the European fortress It is not merely a brilliant
beginning: it is a signpost showing the way to the future.
Today I can sincerely and frankly tell you that, Soldiers of the II Polish
Corps, if it had been given to me to choose the soldiers I would like to
command, I would have chosen the Poles.
I pay my tribute to you.
|General Alexander (back to camera) speaking with
General Wladyslaw Anders
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