New bonds of friendship were formed between Britain and France this week when soldiers from both armies took part in an 'Entente Cordial' ceremony in the heart of Germany.
New bonds of friendship were formed between Britain and France this week when soldiers from both armies took part in an 'Entente Cordial' ceremony in the heart of Germany. For the first time ever a liaison was formed between a British army unit and their opposite numbers in the French army.
The units were the 26 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport and the French 521 Groupe de Transport. Both units are stationed in Germany.
To mark the occasion a ceremony was held at the British barracks in Hamlin, northern Germany. The ceremony consisted of a parade where the two regiments paid official compliments to each other. Each unit paraded a guard of honour before their respective Commanding Officer.
The British Commanding Officer was Lieutenant Colonel B. Bradbrook, he took the salute with the French Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel J. Petit. Each officer inspected the guard of honour provided by the other regiment. Later they presented each other with a scroll to mark the affiliation.
It is believed to be the first time ever that an association of this kind has taken place between the French and British armies. In a speech after the ceremony each officer confirmed that the association would not be restricted to paper, further sporting and social events will be arranged between the two units.
521 Groups de Transport have been stationed in the German town of Karlsruhe since the end of the war. 26 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport have been stationed in Hamlin for three years. Both units form part of the giant transport organisations of their respective armies.