Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

11/11/2007

The unknown soldier

IT APPEARED suddenly in the dark blue of the night sky above the North African desert: two searchlight beams formed in the shape of a St Andrew’s Cross. It was both a symbol and a signal. As the cross formed, it started the rolling barrage, behind which the Allied infantry would advance towards the Axis line in the crucial battle of El Alamein. In the centre of the battlefront, the 51st Highland Division saw the great cross before them and immediately recognised it as the saltire, a symbol that had blessed Scottish arms at crucial moments in history. And as the Highlanders went forward through the minefields towards death and victory, each soldier had pinned or painted to his back another small cross to guide the man behind. for more click here

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