I HAVE HAD THE DISTINCTION OF HAVING UNDER MY COMMAND A TRIO OF GREAT INDIAN DIVISIONS— THE FOURTH EIGHTH AND TENTH —WHOSE FIGHTING RECORD IN ITALY IS A SPLENDID ONE. “The achievements in combat o f these Indian soldiers are noteworthy. They have carried on successfully in grim and bloody fighting against a tenacious enemy helped by terrain particularly favourable for defence. No obstacle has succeeded in delaying these Indian troops for long orin lowering their high morale or fighting spirit. “They are well led these Three Divisions. Each o f the Divisional Commanders at onetime commanded a battalion o fan Indian Infantry Regiment in combat. These Divisional Commanders came up the hard way. “Your ‘Jaw an and ‘Tommy Atkins and ‘Jock and other soldiers o f this international 15th Army Group have established firm bonds o f friendship and respect born inaction against a tough enemy. The bravery o f Indian troops is attested by the Battle Honours and Decorations awarded. “The Fourth Eighth and Tenth Indian Divisions will forever be associated with the fighting for Cassino the capture o f Rome the Arno Valley the liberation o f Florence and the breaking o f the Gothic Line.“ I salute the brave soldiers o f these Three Great Indian Divisions.” FEBRUARY 2 7 T H 1945 .FIFTEENTH ARMY GROUP ITALY.
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