Members of a Polish Re-enactment Association made a pilgrimage to Angus to follow in the footsteps of their country’s 10th Dragoons Regiment.
The group was led by Mike Rozynski, chairman of the ‘Odwach’ Re-enactment Association and five of their members who had travelled from Poland to visit Kirriemuir and Forfar.
In Kirrie they met up with local historian Dave Orr who explained: “The history enthusiasts are recreating (in uniforms) the life of the Polish 10th Dragoons Regiment, a unit that was formed in Scotland during WWII and fought bravely during campaigns in North-West Europe 1944-45 as a part of famous Polish 1st Armoured Division.
“Their regiment was in Kirrie and Forfar in 1940-42.
“They came to the town for a historical tour through the footsteps of Polish soldiers.
“There were a lot of good memories that they had from Scotland, finding Scottish people so friendly.
“We met appropriately at the Polish plaque and the library staff welcomed them with copies of the details of the plaque.
“We them toured the town and went to the museum where again more information was shared.”
During the visit Dave took them to several places where Polish troops stayed and finally to a hostelry where they enjoyed good Scottish steak and chips. They in return gifted a display of insignia and patches worn by the 10th Dragoons Regiment and dedicated it to “the everlasting Polish and Scottish friendship”.
More details on the association can be found on www.odwach.pl