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May 26-29th 1940

The 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers

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The situation that had formed since the 10th of May, was getting steadily worse for the allies and within a matter of short weeks it seemed that the only option left was to save as many of the British Expeditionary Force as possible by withdrawing to a perimeter around Dunkirk, abandoning most of their equipment and evacuating back across the Channel to England.

 

To make this escape possible, a delaying action needed to be fought near Ypres and sacrifices made.

On the evening of May 27th orders were received by members of the 5th Division, that their position must be held at all costs for the next 24 hours.

The message was passed through 17 Infantry Brigade and onto the 2nd Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers. The Brigadier received a heartening reply from Lt Col Tod—that the Scots Fusiliers would do all that was required of them and that

“Tell Brigade, I’m not going a foot back!”

This is the story of the 2nd Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers leading up to, during and after the battle along the Ypres Comines canal.

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