General Eisenhower arriving at Earlston Station to inspect the
Polish Tank Regiment stationed in the village in 1944.
Tanks in Earlston Square - note the two little boys giving them close inspection!
Following the formation of the 1st Polish Armoured Division, in February 1942 at Duns, , Polish troops under the command of General Stanislav Maczek trained across Scotland including Berwickshire, before taking part in the Normandy Landings of 1944. At its peak, the division numbered 16,000 soldiers.
In Earlston, the rugby club pitch and clubhouse were requisitioned by the military. Approximately one third of the pitch was dug out and concrete laid to make a "hull-down" park for the tanks stationed in the area preparing for D-Day.
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The booklet is available on loan through Scottish Borders Library Service
and at the Heritage Hub, Hawick.