"The achievements in combat of 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 or in lowering their high morale or fighting spirit.
"They are well led, these Three Divisions. Each of the Divisional Commanders at one time commanded a battalion of an Indian Infantry Regiment in combat. These Divisional Commanders came up the hard way.
"Your 'Jawan' and 'Tommy Atkins' and 'Jock' and other soldiers of this international 15th Army Group have established firm bonds of friendship and respect born in action against a tough enemy. The bravery of 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 of Rome, the Arno Valley, the liberation of Florence and the breaking of the Gothic Line.
"I salute the brave soldiers of these Three Great Indian Divisions."
FEBRUARY 27TH, 1945.
A MAN'S DESTINATION IS HIS OWN VILLAGE,
SCARRED BUT SECURE HE HAS MANY NARRATIVES
THIS WAS NOT YOUR LAND OR OURS : BUT A VILLAGE IN THE MIDLANDS
By kind permission of Mr. T. S. Eliot's publishers.