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