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The Fifth Centenary of Agincourt: Old Foes, Brothers-In-Arms

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BRITAIN AND FRANCE FRATERNISING ON THE FIELD OF AGINCOURT: THE COMMANDER OF A BATTALION OF CHASSEURS-A-PIED NARRATING THE STORY OF THE BATTLE TO ENGLISH OFFICERS.


ALL France was genuinely moved a few months ago when the British Army, acting on its own impulse, was represented at the Joan of Arc clebrations. Recently, the French have reciprocated in the same spirit- by a special commemoration of the filth centenary of Agincourt, which fell on October 25. The idea originated with the officers of a battalion of Chasseurs-A-Pied, stationed at Tramecourt, on the very site of Henry the Fifth’s great battle of 1415. On behalf of the regiment and the Army, they specially invited the officers of a British force cantoned in the neigh- bourhood to join with them on the scene of the battle and commemorate the day in unison. The nobly inspired invitation was responded to in the


chivalrous spirit which prompted its sending, and the headquarters staff of the nearest British Divrsion, headed by the General in command, attended. The Chasseurs paraded for the occasion in the grand avenue of the Chateau of Tramecourt, where a special guard of honour was drawn up, while the companies fell in at either side under the trees. All presented arms as the British arrived. The guests were received and greeted with utmost heartiness by the French officers, and then the Colonel of the Chasseurs related in detail the leading incidents of the battle, plans of which had been provided beforehand for both the British officers and the French. The Colonel pointed out the different parts of the battlefield, the flcusowdnr


HONOURING THE GALLANT DEAD OF BOTH ENGLAND AND FRANCE ON THE FIELD OF AGINCOURT : STAFF OFFICERS OF THE BRITISH ARMY ATTENDING THE CELEBRATION OF THE FIFTH CENTENARY OF THE BATTLE.


party movin from place to place, and the men of the battalion following. In stirring and eloquent words he paid a soldier’s tribute to the brave combatants on both sides ; and at the close the soldiers paraded and marched past in column of fours, and decorations won by several of them were presented. The French and British officers then wmt together to the great ball of the ChAteau. where a reception was held,


eztreme cordiality between hosts and guests marking the proceedings. So the unique day’s event ended. There could, surely, be no more convincing or finer testimony to the reality of the brotherhood -n – arms now so fortunately established between the soldiers of France and Britain, and the closeness of the tie between the nations, than this joint celebration of an ancient battle-day of honourable memory to both.



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