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Re: could we have done more
For give me for this outburst but
I was so moved as my mind saw what Ian Laird described in his message. We
think back of the action and share, in pale reflection the passion of the
time. Our desperate Empire standing alone only to be saved by our American
cousins. The debts we owe can never be repayed if our memories fail.
"For aa that and aa that It's coming yet for aa that,
That man tae man the warld o'er
Shall brothers be for aa that."
----- Original Message -----
From: "Iain Laird" <Iain.Laird@btinternet.com>
To: "Sinclair Discussion List" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2000 9:00 PM
Subject: Remember 51st Highland Division at St Valéry-en-Caux
> There was a revealing comment from a Dunkirk veteran yesterday. Could we
> have done more? What about the ones we left behind? While we remember
> miracle of Dunkirk and the heroism of the "little boats" we should not
> forget that it was not only Goering's boast that his Luftwaffe could
> the British Army at Dunkirk that held back the German land forces: Not
> the British Expeditionary Force were due to be evacuated. 51st Highland
> Division (Seaforth Highlanders, Cameron Highlanders, Gordon Highlanders
> the Black Watch) fought on while the main force was evacuated until
> completely surrounded and overwhelmed by Rommel at St Valéry-en-Caux on
> June 1940. Some 8,000 were taken prisoner.
> Their valour is recalled in the pipe tune "The Heroes of St Valery" and
> better in the Scottish Dance "The Reel of the 51st" in which the dancers
> recreate the Saltire, the badge of the 51st Division. The dance was
> by the officers of 51st Highland in their prison camp at Laufen during
> long dark days of captivity following 1940.
> As at Athelstaneford in 832 AD, and Roslin in 1303 the Saltire was an
> inspiration against apparently overwhelming odds.
> Yours aye
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