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15th (Scottish) Division, Buzancy, France

 
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Malcolm



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:09 pm    Post subject: 15th (Scottish) Division, Buzancy, France Reply with quote

Monument to the 15th Scottish Division by the French 17th Division

" Here the Glorious Thistle of Scotland will flourish for ever amid the Roses of France"


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Buzancy 1996 Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:32 pm    Post subject: Buzancy village with corbie stepped roofs Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: From http://batmarn2.club.fr/15thdivi.htm Reply with quote

http://batmarn2.club.fr/15thdivi.htm



From General Gassoins to General Reed:

Mon General ... After relieving your division in the pursuit on the Vesle, I established my Headquarters at Buzancy. I found there the traces still fresh of the exploits of your Scottish soldiers, and the officers of my staff were able to see clearly what hard fighting you had to gain possession of the village and, above all, the park.

Wishing to leave on the spot some lasting tribute to the braver of your soldiers, I entrusted to one of my officers, Lieutenant Réné Puaux, the task of erecting there, with the material at hand, a small monument, emblematic of the homage and admiration of my Division for yours.

The monument has on it a medallion, on which are inscribed thistles and roses, and beneath the words -

HERE THE NOBLE THISTLE OF SCOTLAND WILL FLOURISH

FOR EVER AMONG THE ROSES OF FRANCE

and beneath -

17TH (FRENCH) DIVISION

TO

15TH (SCOTTISH) DIVISION

The monument was erected on the highest point of the plateau, where we found the body of the Scottish soldier who had advanced the farthest (on July 28th, 1918 - Buzancy).

The photograph of this monument has appeared in the last number of the journal "L'Illustration". I thought you would be glad to have a few copies of the photograph, which I send you herewith. They convey to you together with the memories I have kept of our short meeting at Vierzy, the expression of my esteem and my admiration for your valiant Division.

Will you please accept, my dear General, the expression of my sincere regards.

(Signed) C. Gassoins

Commanding 17th (French) Division.

The total casualties during the 15th Division's involvement in the Marne Battle were 3516.
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My thanks to Neil Mackenzie for the photo above.
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