Official Letters

 

To the 6th Airborne Division

 

From Lieutenant-General Crerar, Commander 1st Canadian Army.

Desire you inform Gale of my appreciation immense contribution 6th Airborne Division and all Allied contingents under his command have made during recent fighting advance. The determination and speed with which his troops have pressed on in spite of all enemy efforts to the contrary have been impressive and of the greatest assistance to the Army as a whole.

 

 

To the 1st Belgian Brigade

 

From Lieutenant-Colonel Godfrey Stewart, Commander 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, to Colonel Piron, Commander 1st Belgian Brigade

6th Airborne Armoured Recce Rgt.

29 August 1944

 

Dear Colonel,

 

I am writing to let you know how much we appreciated having the 1st Belgian Armoured Cars Squadron under command during the recent operation.

 

They were an absolute joy to work with, for nothing was too much trouble or too difficult for them to undertake, and they found out all the information that was required of them. The highest word of praise that I can give them was one that I overheard, namely that <they worked as smoothly as a demonstration squadron>. This I may say was from an officer with considerable experience of reconnaissance work.

 

I would like to wish you and them the very best of luck in future operations, and hope that we may one day have the good fortune to work with them again.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Lt. Col. X.,

O.C. 6th A.A.R. Regt.

 

From Lieutenant-Colonel Godfrey Stewart, Commander 6th Airborne Armoured Reconnaissance Regiment, to Major B.E.M. de Selliers de Moranville, Commander 1st Belgian Armoured Cars Squadron

6th Airborne Armoured Recce Rgt.

29 August 1944

 

Dear Major,

I am writing to thank you for all you did for us during the recent operation. To be quite honest, I don't know how we should have got on without you. I am afraid very slowly.

 

Not only did you help us a great deal, but I think we all, I certainly know I did, learnt a great deal from you. It is a joy to work with men as keen and efficient as yours, and I feel it is a great honour to have had you under command.

 

I do wish you all the very best of luck in future operations and a speedy return to Belgium. I only wish we could be with you and help in the liberation. Perhaps we shall.

 

Once more, so many thanks and I hope we may meet again under more comfortable conditions.

 

Yours very sincerely,

 

Lt. Col. X.,

O.C. 6th A.A.R. Regt.