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 stage 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 I 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.