Hi folks. Complete the Papers Past survey to let us know what you’d like added over the next few years. ×
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
Article image
This article displays in one automatically-generated column. View the full page to see article in its original form.



Feats Recalled In Leaders' Farewell Messages N.Z. Press Associaton.—Copvright Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, July 29. The British Eighth Army disbanded at noon to-day, bringing to an end its historic five-year career in which it drove the enemy from El Alamein to Austria.

The Associated Press Rome correspondent says that formations now known as the British Forces in Austria, under the command of Lieutenant-General Sir Richard McCreery of the Thirteenth Corps, which destroyed Graziani's army in Libya, has been transferred to the Allied Forces Headquarters Command under Field-Marshal Alexander.

Field-Marshal Montgomery, in a message to the Eighth Army on its dissolution, stated: "I would like to send a message to my old comrades of many battles. The immortal march of the Eighth Army from the gates of Cairo along the North African shores to Tunis, through Sicily, and through Italy, carried our ever victorious soldiers to final victory in Europe.

Will Long Shine In History

"It was a great task, which was carried out with unfailing spirit and will long shine in history. I am proud to recall that I commanded the Eighth Army during some of its famous exploits. The splendid spirit of the great family of the Eighth Army will be a shining example for future generations of Empire soldiers."

General Eisenhower sent the following message: "The Allied comrades of the Eighth Army will revere its name, while every man that belonged to it may forever mingle among those who honour courage, loyalty and devotion to duty. I say good-bye to a great fighting organisation, with .the nope that every one of its former members will always permit me to call him friend."

The deputy-Supreme Commander in the Mediterranean, General McNarney, in a message, said: "The debt of all freedom-lovingO peoples to the Eighth Army is immeasurable. Speaking for the American forces I salute the Eighth Army for a job well done."

At various stages the British troops of the Eighth Aripy were joined by men from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa. Canada, India, Poland, Grcece and Italy.

New Zealand Division's Tost No ceremony or parade marked the end of the Eighth Army for, although the Aimy as such ceased to exist its men were separated under various commands continuing their occupation duties. The Thirteenth Corps, which will occupy Venetia Giulia, including Trieste, under Alexander's command, comprises the Second New Zealand, the Tenth Indian, and the 56th London Divisions.

Another part of the Eighth Army forming the Fifth Gorps under General McCreery's command, is garrisoning the British zone in Austria, comprising Carinthia and Styria.

This article text was automatically generated and may include errors. View the full page to see article in its original form.
Permanent link to this item


Bibliographic details

FAMOUS EIGHTH ARMY PASSES TO HISTORY, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

Word Count

FAMOUS EIGHTH ARMY PASSES TO HISTORY Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 178, 30 July 1945

  1. New formats

    Papers Past now contains more than just newspapers. Use these links to navigate to other kinds of materials.

  2. Hierarchy

    These links will always show you how deep you are in the collection. Click them to get a broader view of the items you're currently viewing.

  3. Search

    Enter names, places, or other keywords that you're curious about here. We'll look for them in the fulltext of millions of articles.

  4. Search

    Browsed to an interesting page? Click here to search within the item you're currently viewing, or start a new search.

  5. Search facets

    Use these buttons to limit your searches to particular dates, titles, and more.

  6. View selection

    Switch between images of the original document and text transcriptions and outlines you can cut and paste.

  7. Tools

    Print, save, zoom in and more.

  8. Explore

    If you'd rather just browse through documents, click here to find titles and issues from particular dates and geographic regions.

  9. Need more help?

    The "Help" link will show you different tips for each page on the site, so click here often as you explore the site.