| 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.