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WWI

2. [ history ]

WWI
1914 - 1919

A brief outline of 51st (Highland) Division in the First World War 1914 - 1919

Battle of Ancre

3. [ history ]

Battle of Ancre
Nov 1916

A description of the battle of Ancre in November 1916 which, for the 51st Highland Division, will be remembered as the Battle of Beaumont Hamel.

4. [ pow ]

volunteering - capture
1939 - 1940

From Henry Owens' volunteering in 1939 to his capture at St. Valery in 1940

The B.E.F.

5. [ history ]

The B.E.F.
Jan - Jun 1940

The 51st Highland Division landed in Le Havre in January 1940 as part of the British Expeditionary Force [B.E.F.] On 28th March they were deployed into the defensive line relieving the French 21st Division between Bailleul and Armentiéres...

St. Valéry

6. [ history ]

St. Valéry
June 1940

General Fortune considered all the options, a counter attack, further resistance, retaking the town but against this there was no possibility of evacuation or support, the men were exhausted and virtually out of ammunition, with no artillery ammunition at all. Shortly before 1000hrs on the 12th June General fortune took the most difficult of decisions - to surrender...

Battle of El Alamein

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Battle of El Alamein
Oct 1942

Montgomery was determined to attack the enemy using his infantry to create a gap and then push the armour through the gap created. The area for this was not the weaker sector in the south but the stronger part of the enemy position in the North. 30 Corps were to execute this attaching on a frontage four divisions wide...

In Pursuit

8. [ history ]

In Pursuit
Nov 1942 - Jan 1943

After El Alamein the 51st Highland Division were in pursuit of Rommel and the retreating forces from Tubruk to Misurata

The Mareth Line

9. [ history ]

The Mareth Line
March 1943

The Mareth line was formed at the narrow point between the coast and the Matmata hills. The plan was to smash the Mareth defensive lines through the Matmata Hills into the Gabes Gap, which would later be the area of the battle of Wadi Akarit.

Concluding Operations

10. [ history ]

Concluding Operations
Apr 1943

In the wake of the Wadi Akarit battle the 8th Army took up the pursuit...

The Landing

11. [ history ]

The Landing
10th July 1943

Initial phase of Op. Huskey - the landing at Sicily, 10th July 1943

VIZZINI and FRANCOFONTE

12. [ history ]

VIZZINI and FRANCOFONTE
13th - 15th July 1943

Details of the action at VIZZINI and FRANCOFONTE, Sicily, 13th - 15th July 1943

Normandy

13. [ history ]

Normandy
Nov 1943 - Jul 1944

The 51st Highland Division landing took place to the west of the Ornnemouth in the 1st Corps area and crossed the River Orne. The operations in the following weeks were some of the worst the Division had experienced...

The Breakout

14. [ history ]

The Breakout
Aug 1944

By early July Cherbourg had fallen to the Americans and the British occupied Caen. The US forces pressed on to St. Lo and commenced the isolation of the Brittany peninsula. The US success now set the conditions for Montgomery's break out. This took the form of three operations, Bluecoat which began on 30th July, Totalise on the 7th August and Tractable which began on 14th August...

Subsequent Operations

15. [ history ]

Subsequent Operations
12-15th Jan 1945

By 12th January the 51st Highland Division found that the opposition had become more determined. The reason for this was that the Division now threatened the main German withdrawal route of Champion - Erneuville - Ortho - Filly.

The Plan

16. [ history ]

The Plan
8th Feb 1945

Op Veritable was the code name for the allied operation to drive the Germans from the ground between the River Maas and the River Rhine. The Canadians and British would break out from the Nijmegen bridgehead clearing southeast down between the two rivers to link up with the US forces who would cross the Maas to the south and swing north.

17. [ history ]

Goch
19th Feb 1945

Goch was planned as the Divisions final objective in Operation Veritable. The task fell to 153 Brigade...

Rhine Crossing<br/>Operation Plunder

18. [ history ]

Rhine Crossing
Operation Plunder
Mar 1945

The Operation to cross the Rhine was to be called Operation Plunder. The Plan for Operation Plunder was to cross on a two corps front with 51st Highland division on the left leading 30 Corps. The Divisional objectives on the other side of the Rhine were Honnepel and Rees.

5/7th Gordon Highlanders

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5/7th Gordon Highlanders
Regaining Drum

Set of photos showing American Forces conducting a ceremony to hand over a drum of the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders which had been lost in 1940. (c. Photo 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

The set show the 5/7th Gordons on parade as part of the ceremony as well as the hand-over itself.

 
3rd Ypres Derek Bird

1. [ extract ]

3rd Ypres Derek Bird
July 1917

An extract on The Third Ypres from Derek Bird's "The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent"

Pvt. George McIntosh

2. [ account ]

Pvt. George McIntosh
Awarded VC, 31st July 1917

Private George McIntosh, 1/6th Gordon Highlanders, awarded the VC, 31st July 1917, Ypres, Belgium

3. [ extract ]

3rd Ypres & Gordon Highlanders
August 1917

The Third Ypres from the 'Gordon Highlanders in the First World War' by Cyril Falls

4. [ extract ]

The Battle of Abbeville
3rd - 6th June 1940

Description of the attack on Abbeville, from 'The Highland Division' by Eric Linklater.

5. [ account ]

MAJOR ANDREWS, 5TH SEAFORTH, WADI AKARIT
6th April 1943

An account of the operation to take a ridge called Djebel Roumana at Wadi Akarit on 6th April 1943. This account is taken from "OPERATION SCIPIO - THE 8TH ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF THE WADI AKARIT" by kind permission of the author B. S. Barnes.

6. [ account ]

154 Brigade - Sicily Landing
Sicily, July 1943

Account of the Sicily landing, July 1943.

7. [ account ]

PIOBAIREACHD
51st Highland Division Newsletter

PIOBAIREACHD was the name given to the 51st Highland Division newsletter which was produced from 14 June 1944.

8. [ account ]

Account of Operation "Totalise"
Normandy, August 1944

An account of Operation "Totalise" in Normandy by Major A McKinnon MC 7th Argylls. (written 23rd August 1944)

9. [ account ]

CROSSING OF AFTERWATINGS CANAL
5th Black Watch, Nov 1944

An account of the 5th Black Watch crossing the Afterwaterings Canal, 4th - 5th November 1944. From "The Spirit of Angus" by John McGregor by permission of The Black Watch Museum.

10. [ account ]

The Capture of Goch, 1st Gordons
Goch, Reichswald, 18th February 1945

Martin Lindsay's account of the attack on Goch by 1st Gordons on the 18th February 1945 - from 'So Few Got Through' by Martin Lindsay. (Goch, Reichswald)

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153 Brigade - Operation Plunder - Rhine Crossing
March 1945

153 Brigade Operations during Operation Plunder - the Rhine Crossing, March 1945.

12. [ account ]

Clearing Gennep and Goch
Operation Plunder, Rhine Crossing, March 1945

"Notes on Town Clearing", written by Lt Col JA GRANT-PETERKIN, DSO, O.C., 1 GORDONS, on the experiences of a Battalion which took part in clearing two large towns, GENNEP and GOCH, against a determined and organised enemy...

13. [ account ]

Main HQ comment on "Town Clearing"
Gennep / Goch, Rhine Crossing, March 1945

Additional note from Main HQ relating to "Notes on Town Clearing" written by Lt Col JA GRANT-PETERKIN, DSO, O.C., 1 GORDONS which detailed operations to clear Gennep and Goch during Operation Plunder, Rhine Crossing, March 1945.

14. [ account ]

5/7th Gordons - Operation Plunder
Rhine Crossing, 17th - 28th March 1945

Operation "Plunder" - The Rhine Crossing. An extract from 5/7th Gordons War Diary.

 
Men of Gordons in a reserve trench

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Men of Gordons in a reserve trench
Nov 1916

Men of Gordons in a reserve trench. Bazentin-le-Petit. Somme. November 1916.

1/6th (Banff) Bn. Gordon Highlanders

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1/6th (Banff) Bn. Gordon Highlanders
c1918/1919.

1/6th (Banff) Battalion, Gordon Highlanders. 152 Brigade. c1918/1919.

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig

3. [ photo ]

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig
Nov 1918

Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig inspecting the Guard of Honour of C Company, 6th Battalion, Gordon Highlanders, in preparation for the visit of Marshal Foch to British Advanced GHQ at Iwuy. Haig was Commander-in-Chief on the Western Front 1915 - 1918.

Harry Knox

4. [ photo ]

Harry Knox

Pte. Harry Knox, Gordon Highlanders.

The date of this portrait photograph is unknown but it is assumed to have been taken in late 1939 as Knox went to France as part of the B.E.F. and was later captured at St. Valery in June 1940.

Map of divisional deployment around St. Valery

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Map of divisional deployment around St. Valery
June 1940

Sketch map of Divisional deployment around St. Valery. Based on a sketch by Second Lieutenant "Ran" Ogilvie of Gordon Highlanders.

Gordon Highlanders March into Tunisia

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Gordon Highlanders March into Tunisia
North Africa

Gordon Highlanders of the Eighth Army cross the border into Tunisia.

Diagram of Battle of Wadi Akarit

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Diagram of Battle of Wadi Akarit
April 1943

Diagram of the Battle of Wadi Akarit, from "The History of the 51st Highland Division" by J B Salmond

British attack towards Sprang

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British attack towards Sprang
30th October 1944

Units of 51st Highland Division go into the attack around Sprang, north of Tilburn, as the enemy are pushed out of SW Holland. Carriers are 6 pounder guns of the 1st Gordons moving up to the battle positions North of Loon-Op-Zand. (Photographer Sgt Gee 30th October 1944)

Captured German half track

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Captured German half track
January 1945

Men of 5/7th Gordons paint the 51st Highland Division badge on a captured German half track. 16 January 1945

Men of the 5/7th Gordons on the move

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Men of the 5/7th Gordons on the move
8 February 1945

Men of the 5/7th Gordons Highlanders move up to take part in the first attack. 154 Brigade. Sgt Silverside 8 February 1945

1st Gordons attack on Goch

11. [ photo ]

1st Gordons attack on Goch
18TH FEBRUARY 1945

This detailed sketch map accompanies the account from "So Few Got Through" by Martin Lindsay

5/7th Gordons Drum

12. [ photo ]

5/7th Gordons Drum
Lost in 1940

Photo shows a member of the American Force handing over a drum of the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders, lost in 1940. (c. Photo 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

Other photos in the set show the 5/7th Gordons on parade as part of the ceremony.

5/7th Gordons Parade c.1945/46

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5/7th Gordons Parade c.1945/46
On Parade c.1945/46

Photos showing the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on parade (c. 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

It is understand the parade was part of a ceremony to return a drum of the 5th Gordon Highlanders lost in 1940.

5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on parade

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5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on parade
c.1945/46

Photos showing the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on parade (c. 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

It is understand the parade was part of a ceremony to return a drum of the 5th Gordon Highlanders lost in 1940.

5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on Parade

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5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on Parade
c.1945/46

Photos showing the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders on parade (c. 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

It is understand the parade was part of a ceremony to return a drum of the 5th Gordon Highlanders lost in 1940.

American 5/7th Gordons Drum

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American 5/7th Gordons Drum
American forces conduct ceremony c.1945/46

Photo shows a member of the American Force conducting a ceremony to hand over a drum of the 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders, lost in 1940. (c. Photo 1945/46, City unknown).

Photo is part of a set sent to us by Dave Clark who's Father was 320391 Lieutenant James Henderson Clark of 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders.

Other photos in the set show the 5/7th Gordons on parade as part of the ceremony.