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1. [ history ]

Overview
In Brief

An introduction to the history of the 51st Highland Division.

2. [ pow ]

Road to St. Valéry
Jan 1938 - June 1940

Corp. Jack Kidd's experience from joining the Territorial Army in January 1938 to his capture at St. Valéry-en-caux in June 1940.

3. [ pow ]

volunteering - capture
1939 - 1940

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

The B.E.F.

4. [ 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...

5. [ memorials ]

Ypres
Black Watch Corner

Memorial statue of a Black Watch soldier unveiled at Ypres, Belgium, to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI in 1914 and the First Battle of Ypres.

 

1. [ extract ]

Order of Battle - 51HD
The B.E.F. 1940

Order of Battle of the 51st Highland Division in the B.E.F. 1940

2. [ account ]

Movements leaving Lille
April 1940

Account of the "Movements of 51 Div. and Attached Tps. since leaving Lille Area" [April 1940].

Provided by Mr Michael Thomson of Perth who provided various artefacts from his Uncle, Major David K Thomson, who was in the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) in the Divisional Supply Regiment.

3. [ account ]

Lt. Col. Honeyman, 1st BW Withdraw, St. Valery
24th May to 13th June 1940

Lieutenant Colonel Honeyman's personal account of the withdrawal of 1st Battalion Black Watch from St. Valery. The account spans from the 24th May to 13th June 1940.

The move to the Somme

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The move to the Somme
Journal extract, Capt. Taylor, Intel. Officer 1 Gordons

An extract from the War Diary of Capt. J.P.P. Taylor who was the Intelligence Officer of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlands. Describes the move to the Somme at the end of May / beginning of June 1940

Attack on the Grand Bois

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Attack on the Grand Bois
Journal extract, Capt. Taylor, Intel. Officer 1 Gordons

An extract from the War Diary of Capt. J.P.P. Taylor, the Intelligence Officer of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlands, covering the first week of June 1940.

6. [ extract ]

Attack at Huchenneville
04 June 1940

Extracts from "Churchill's Sacrifice of the Highland Division" by Saul David relating to the 4th Cameron Highlanders Attack at Huchenneville on 4th June 1940.

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Attack on Abbeville Bridgehead
4th June 1940

Extract relating to the Attack on Abbeville Bridgehead on 4 Jun 1940 from "THE FIGHTING IN THE SAAR AND SOUTH OF THE SOMME" prepared by the Historical Section of the Cabinet.

Withdrawal from the Somme

8. [ account ]

Withdrawal from the Somme
Journal extract, Capt. Taylor, Intel. Officer 1 Gordons

An extract from the War Diary of Capt. J.P.P. Taylor, the Intelligence Officer of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlands, covering the period June 5th - 7th 1940.

The Bresle position

9. [ account ]

The Bresle position
Journal extract, Capt. Taylor, Intel. Officer 1 Gordons

An extract from the War Diary of Capt. J.P.P. Taylor, the Intelligence Officer of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlands, concerning the withdrawal over June 7th and 8th 1940.

Ark Force and Arques-la-Bataille

10. [ account ]

Ark Force and Arques-la-Bataille
Journal extract, Capt. Taylor, Intel. Officer 1 Gordons

An extract from the War Diary of Capt. J.P.P. Taylor, the Intelligence Officer of the 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlands. Covers the period June 9th and 10th 1940 during the withdrawal towards St. Valery.

11. [ op order ]

Ark Force Orders
9th June 1940

Copy of the exact order given to "ARK" Force on the 9th June 1940. Taken from the Historical Section of the Cabinet Account of the defence of Le Havre.

12. [ account ]

"Ark" Force - The Defense of Le Harve
June 1940

The defense of Le Havre from Arques-la-Bataille. (The B.E.F. June 1940)

13. [ account ]

‘D’ Coy 7th Royal Norfolk
Accounts of capture, St. Valery, June 11/12th 1940

Two accounts of ‘D’ Coy 7th Royal Norfolk and their capture at St. Valery June 11th & 12th 1940

 
Henry Owens at Le Havre

1. [ photo ]

Henry Owens at Le Havre
Le Havre, 1940

Gunner Henry Owens (top left), Le Havre, 1940

Map of Somme-Bresle, 1940

2. [ photo ]

Map of Somme-Bresle, 1940
1940

Sketch map of the Somme - Bresle in Northern France, 1940.

Periscope, Fort de Sainghain

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Periscope, Fort de Sainghain
1940

THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (BEF) IN FRANCE 1939-1940
51st Highland Division in the Maginot Line: A soldier from the Cameron Highlanders looks through a periscope in the Fort de Sainghain.

Scout carriers

4. [ photo ]

Scout carriers
19th March 1940

THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE 1940
Scout carriers of 51st Highland Division with Light Tank Mk VIs of 1st Fife and Forfar Yeomanry visible in the background, 19 March 1940.

Somme area June 1st-6th 1940

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Somme area June 1st-6th 1940
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, detailing the Somme area June 1st-6th 1940

Bn dispositions June 2nd 1940

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Bn dispositions June 2nd 1940
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, detailing Battalion dispositions June 2nd 1940

1 Gordons Somme Campaign

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1 Gordons Somme Campaign
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing the area of the Somme Campaign June 1940

1 Gordons The Grand Bois

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1 Gordons The Grand Bois
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, detailing Coy and Pl. localities on completion of phase i (the capture and consolidation of the Grand Bois). June 4th 1940

"B" Coy. Huchenneville

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"B" Coy. Huchenneville
04 Jun 1940

View from starting line of attach by "B" Coy. 4th Camerons from Huchenneville towards Hedgehog Wood, 4th June 1940

Chateau de Huchenneville

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Chateau de Huchenneville

Photo of the Chateau at Huchenneville, taken in 2015.

"D" Coy. Position, Huchenneville

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"D" Coy. Position, Huchenneville
04 Jun 1940

Photo take during a Battlefield Tour in 2015 showing the view from the start line for 4th Cameron's D Company attack on 4th June 1940. The "Route National" is off to the left. The enemy position was in the bulge in the wood on the horizon.

Huchenneville Map D & B Coy.

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Huchenneville Map D & B Coy.
1st Btn. Black Watch, 04 June 1940

A map showing the starting attack positions of "D" & "C" Coy. near Huchenneville on 4th June 1940

Map of The Grand Bois

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Map of The Grand Bois
Area of 1st Gordon's Attack on 4th June 1940

This maps shows the area of attack on 4th June 1940 by 1st Gordon Highlanders on the Grand Bois from the west, supported by fire from 1st Black Watch in the Petit Bois (shown on the map as the Bois de Conchy)

Sketch Map Huchenneville

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Sketch Map Huchenneville
4th June 1940

A sketch map showing the line of attack of "B" Coy. 4th Camerons during the attack at Huchenneville on 4th June 1940.

The Petit Bois

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The Petit Bois

From the eastern end of the Grand Bois looking back on the Petit Bois. Scene of the 1st Gordon's Attack on Grand Bois, 4th June 1940.

View of Grand Bois

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View of Grand Bois

View looking up the southern length of the Grand Bois from the western corner. Scene of the 1st Gordons Attack on Grand Bois, 4th June 1940

View of Petit Bois

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View of Petit Bois

The view of The Petit Bois as seen from the western end of the Grand Bois. Scene of the 1st Gordon's Attack on Grand Bois, 4th June 1940.

1 Gordon Coy Areas, June 5th 1940

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1 Gordon Coy Areas, June 5th 1940
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing Coy areas at 1200 hrs and from 1300-2300 hrs on June 5th 1940

June 5th: 0500 to 0730 hrs

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June 5th: 0500 to 0730 hrs
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing withdrawal from Somme between 0500 hrs and 0730 hrs June 5th 1940

Holding a position in the River Bresle area

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Holding a position in the River Bresle area
6 - 8 June 1940

THE BRITISH ARMY IN FRANCE 1940
Men of the 7th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 51st Highland Division, holding a position in the River Bresle area, 6 - 8 June 1940.

The Bresle position

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The Bresle position
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing the Bresle position, June 7th and 8th 1940

1 Gordons disositions June 9th 1940

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1 Gordons disositions June 9th 1940
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing the 1st Gordon Highlanders' dispositions between 1400-2130 hrs on June 9th 1940

Withdrawal from the Foret d’Arques

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Withdrawal from the Foret d’Arques
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing the line of withdrawal from the Foret d’Arques June 9th - June 10th 1940

Route Veules Les Roses to Gueures

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Route Veules Les Roses to Gueures
from the Journal of Captain Taylor, Intelligence Officer 1 Gordons

Sketch map by Capt. Taylor, Intelligence Office 1 Gordons, showing the route taken by the 1st Gordons from Veules Les Roses to Gueures on June 10th 1940