Below is a list of the history pages, personal accounts, extracts and photos that have been tagged with a reference to '152 Brigade'...
1. [ history ]
A brief outline of 51st (Highland) Division in the First World War 1914 - 1919
2. [ history ]
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.
3. [ history ]
The 51st Highland Division in the Battle of Arras during the First World War, April 1917
4. [ history ]
From the "call out" of the TA in late 1938 to embarkation at Southampton for Le Havre in January 1940.
5. [ history ]
After St. Valery, the remainder of the 51st Highland Division joined the 9th Highland Division, a territorial 2nd line duplicate of the 51HD (amongst other smaller Battalions) to form the new 51st (Highland) Infantry Division. This reformed division had the following orders of Battle...
6. [ history ]
In June 1942 the 51st Highland Division moved by train to a variety of ports, and embarked for an unknown destination. They moved around Africa leaving Durban on the 16th July and disembarked on 14th August 1942 at the entrance to the Suez Canal at Port Tewfik...
7. [ history ]
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...
8. [ history ]
After El Alamein the 51st Highland Division were in pursuit of Rommel and the retreating forces from Tubruk to Misurata
9. [ history ]
Rommel's next defensive line after retreating from Tripoli was close to Medenine, a narrow point between the coast and the Matmata hills.
10. [ history ]
The battle of Wadi Akarit took place in a narrow coastline strip between the sea and the coastal towns of Gabes and El Hamma. Between these was the Gabes gap. The Wadi Akarit ran across the gap at the coastal end and to the Roumana Ridge inland and to the west. This area was the objective for the 51st Highland Division...
11. [ history ]
Initial phase of Op. Huskey - the landing at Sicily, 10th July 1943
12. [ history ]
Details of the action at VIZZINI and FRANCOFONTE, Sicily, 13th - 15th July 1943
13. [ history ]
Description of the Battle for the Sferro Hills, late July - early August 1943
14. [ public ]
Two photos (and description) of 152 Light Aid Detachment in Sicily during the stand down in the Catania area prior to embarkation to the UK.
15. [ history ]
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...
16. [ history ]
A summary of the landing of the Brigades at Normandy between 5th June - 10th June 1944
17. [ history ]
after initial operations by 5th Black Watch against the area of Douvres, 153 Brigade followed by 152 Brigade crossed the Orne to operated to the east of the Orne and north east of Caen centred on an area known as the Triangle...
18. [ history ]
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...
19. [ history ]
The 51st Highland Division was placed under command of the Canadian Corps and on 6th August moved forward to begin the operation called Operation Totalise. The attack began on the night of the 7th August and when the operation ended on the 10th August the 51st Highland Division had secured all its objectives.
20. [ history ]
With the "Breakout" battle complete the 51st Highland Division has several days to recover before the advance continued. From Lisieux they advanced East crossing the Seine dealing with the enemy rear guard. The intention was to isolate the port of Le Havre... and on to St. Valéry.
21. [ history ]
In late September 1944 the 51st Highland Division moved east through France and into Belgium to relive the 15th Scottish Division on a line from St Odenrode to Eindhoven protecting the supply corridor to Nijmegen... The next phase of the campaign was to establish Antwerp as an operating port and clear the Germans south of the River Maas...
22. [ history ]
51st Highland Division with 7th Armoured, 15th Scottish, 33rd Armoured and 53rd Welsh Divisions formed the 12th Corps charged with this task. The Battle of Maas, Operation Colin, would start on the 23rd October for the Division. On the previous day 53rd Welsh and 7th Armoured Divisions would clear the area to the east between Zuid Willems Canal and s'Hertogenbosck and the day after the 51st Highland Division attack, 15th Scottish Division on the left would capture Tilburg and push north.
23. [ history ]
The 53rd Division had been task with the operation to clear the "Island" were moved to support the US sector against a German counterattack and the task was given to 51st Highland Division. The "Island" was west of s'Hertogenbosch and was about six miles long and four miles deep formed between the Afwaterings canal and the River Maas.
24. [ history ]
Enemy counter attack against the US, which had required the 53rd Division to be retasked, had been restricted but they had established a bridgehead across the River Maas, between Venlo and Roermond, threatening Eindhoven. To push the Germans back over the Maas was the next task and this was named Operation Ascot.
25. [ public ]
Scanned document kindly sent to us by Georges Laloux in December 2009 showing Officers from 152nd Infantry Brigade H.Q. [Seaforth Highlanders] who stayed in "Embourg Castle" during December 1944 and the Ardennes Campaign.
26. [ history ]
Just before Christmas 1944 the GOC took his commanders to carry out a reconnaissance for the next phase of operations - clearing the Germans from the River Maas to the River Rhine, which would commence in the new year. However, news of the German counter attack in the Ardennes (which became known as the Battle of the Bulge) now changed the plans and 51st Highland Division were ordered south...
27. [ history ]
With the successful advance of 152 Brigade to Ronchamps the Divisional right flank was secure and all was ready for the assault by 154 Brigade down the Ourthe valley to La Roche.
28. [ history ]
On 10th January 152 Brigade moved through 153 Brigade with the task of pushing across the Marche - La Roche road and on to take Ronchamps thus covering the right flank of the divisional advance down the Ourthe valley.
29. [ history ]
After the defeat of the German Ardennes offensive the 51st Highland Division returned to Holland to recommence offensive operations. Operation Veritable was the code name for the operation which would clear the Germans from the ground between the parallel rivers of the Maas and the Rhine and drive them back over the latter.
30. [ history ]
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.
31. [ history ]
The town of Hekkens on the southern edge of the Reichswald lay on the important intersection of the Gennep-Cleve and Kessel-Goch roads. It was also on the Siegfried Line and was therefore heavily defended with pill boxes. The town also sat on the proposed corps axis and therefore had to be cleared.
32. [ history ]
Goch was planned as the Divisions final objective in Operation Veritable. The task fell to 153 Brigade...
33. [ public ]
152 Infantry Brigade at rest near Mook in March 1945 prior to Operation Plunder and the crossing of the Rhine.
34. [ history ]
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.
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A set of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe, interpreter attached to 152 Int. Brig. showing scenes from his crossing of the Rhine during Operation Plunder. Presumed to be with the 5th Seaforth at dawn on the 25 Mar '45.
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After a brief rest in Isselburg orders were received on the 3rd April for the 51st Highland Division to concentrate at Enschede. The Divisional advance from Enschede would be to Salzbergenm, Lingen, to Quakenbruck, Vetchta, Wildeshausen, Delmenhorst, Bremen and finally Bremerhaven. Germany was now collapsing...
1. [ extract ]
An extract from Derek Bird's "The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent" detailing 152 Brigade's attack on Beaumont-Hamel, 13 NOV 1916.
2. [ account ]
Brigadier James Oliver : A short biography - an extract from 'The Red Hackle' - the Regimental magazine of The Black Watch.
3. [ extract ]
Battalions and Commanders within 152, 153 and 154 Brigades during France 1940, North Africa 1942-43, Sicily 1943 and North West Europe 1944-45, sourced from "Battalion" by Alastair Borthwick.
4. [ extract ]
Order of Battle of the 51st Highland Division in the B.E.F. 1940
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Extract from 'Return to St. Valéry' by Lieutenant General Sir Derek Lang
6. [ account ]
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.
7. [ extract ]
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.
8. [ account ]
Detailed notes on the Battle of El Alamein from the 7th Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. (North Africa, October, 1942)
9. [ account ]
An account of the bloody shelling at El Alamein on the 24th October 1942 from the 51st (Highland) Reconnaisance Regiment; an extract from 'A Brief History of 51st (H) Reconnaissance Regiment (1941 -1943) and its Involvement in the Desert Campaign', produced as a pamphlet in 1991
10. [ account ]
A Description of Operation Supercharge, El Alamein, North Africa, October 1942.
11. [ account ]
Description of the The Battle of Wadi Akarit, taken from "The History of the 7th Argylls" by Captain Ian C Cameron
12. [ account ]
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.
13. [ op order ]
51st Highland Division Operation Order No. 76, Sferro, Sicily (24th July 1943)
14. [ extract ]
Division structure for Operation Huskey (Sicily, July 1943)
15. [ account ]
A description from the History of 128th (Highland) Field Regiment R.A of the BATTLES FOR GERBINI, SFERRO HILLS, CATANIA PLAIN AND BIANCAVILLA.
16. [ op order ]
Extract (table) taken from Operation Order No. 1 - Overlord (The Normandy Landing, June 1944)
17. [ account ]
Major General Rennie's address at St. Valéry on 3rd September 1944 after the return of the 51st Highland Division to St. Valéry.
18. [ account ]
An Account of the attack on Le Havre (September 1944), taken from "History of the 7th Aryglls" by Ian C Cameron.
19. [ account ]
Account of the Attack on St. Michels Gestel and Vught - taken from "The History of the 7th Argylls" by Captain Ian C Cameron
20. [ account ]
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.
21. [ op order ]
Operation Order No. 12 (Operation 'Veritable') listed in full - dated 4th February 1945 (Reichswald)
22. [ account ]
John McGregor's account of the attack on Goch (Reichswald) by 5th Black Watch on the 18th February 1945 - taken from "The Spirit of Angus" by John McGregor.
23. [ account ]
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)
24. [ account ]
An account of 154 Brigade's crossing of the Rhine in Operation Plunder, March 1945. This extract is taken from the 154 Brigade History.
25. [ account ]
Notes written on the experience of a Battalion which took part in the clearing to two large towns during Operation Plunder (Rhine Crossing) March 1945.
26. [ account ]
152 Brigade Operations during Operation Plunder - the Rhine Crossing - and the attack on Groin
27. [ account ]
DIV COMD's Policy from McMillan (Major General Commanding) 10 April 1945 (Victory in Europe, 1945)
28. [ op order ]
Dated 3 May 1945, this is the last Divisional Operation Instruction before the German surrender.
1. [ photo ]
A solider of the Seaforth Highlanders. Sutherland and Caithness. 152 Brigade. (c. 1914/15)
2. [ photo ]
Map / Diagram showing the 152 Brigade Attack on Beaumont Hamel on 13 November 1916 during the Battle of Ancre.
3. [ photo ]
Colonel John Sym DSO was 21C of 2nd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders and then Brigade Major of 152 Brigade during El Alamein. His book, "Seaforth Highlanders" by Colonel John Sym (editor) was Published by Gale & Polden Ltd, Aldershot (1962) and can still be obtained from second hand book sites.
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Diagram of the area of operations of 152 Brigade at El Alamein, North Africa, October 1942.
5. [ photo ]
Presumed to be 152 Brigade in Sicily during the stand down in the Catania area prior to embarkation to the UK. Kindly sent to us by H Jemmeson who's Father, Edward Jemmeson, W.O.1 ASM with REME placed in the 152 Light Aid Detachment attached to 152 Brigade of 51st Highland Division for the Africa, Sicily and D-Day campaigns. E Jemmeson is third from far left bottom row in this photo.
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Presumed to be 152 Light Aid Detachment in Sicily during the stand down in the Catania area prior to embarkation to the UK. Kindly sent to us by H Jemmeson who's Father, Edward Jemmeson, W.O.1 ASM with REME placed in the 152 Light Aid Detachment attached to 152 Brigade of 51st Highland Division for the Africa, Sicily and D-Day campaigns. E Jemmeson is bottom row far left in this photo.
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Photograph of Bert R. van Wulfften Palthe on leave from Corps. Tolken, visiting his family in Eindhoven. Believed to have been taken in Nov '44 by Bert's Wife as another photo from this same occasion reads "In November, me too in service, for the first time on leave at home".
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Four small craters left in the snow from 'near misses' can be seen around a Command Car. Photo taken by B.R. van Wullften Palthe, an interpreter attached to 152 Brig. who was staying at Chateaux Piedboeuf ("Castle Embourg") which was used as 152 Brig. HQ during the winter of 1944.
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A postcard showing "Castle Embourg" or Chateux Peidboeuf (pre-war) which became 152 Brigade's temporary HQ during Dec 1944 and the Ardennes Campaign.
10. [ photo ]
Men of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders advancing through the Reichswald Forest. In close support of them are flame throwing Churchill Tanks. So far no heavy concrete emplacements have been encountered so the flame throwers have not been in action but they advance with the forward troops so they can be called on for instantaneous action. 152 Brigade. Sgt Silverside 11 February 1945
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This photos shows 152 Brig. HQ at rest near Mook prior to Operation Plunder and the Rhine-Crossing, March 1945.
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Photo of Officers from 152nd who stayed at "Castle Embourg" with the Laloux family in Dec '44 whilst their home housed 152 HQ. This photo matches the scene of a larger group photo which was placed at Mook nr Nijmegen during a rest period prior to the Rhine Crossing in March '45. The reverse carries signatures which match the handwritten list of Officers who stayed at Castle Embourg that was sent to us by Georges Laloux in 2009. George was 12 years old in Dec '44. This new photo was subsequently found by Georges' younger sister.
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This is the handwritten annotation on the reverse of a photo taken by Bertold R. van Wulfften Palthe, an interpreter attached to 152 Brig.
The caption reads "HQ 152 Inf. Brig. 51st (Highland) Division, 2nd Army, at rest near Mook before Rhine-crossing. Which I served as Interpreter from Oct/Nov 1944 until 17/18 April, when I was wounded near Bremen."
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Taken by B.R. van Wullften Palthe, Corps. Tolken (Interpreter) attached to 152 Brig. in March 1945. The handwritten caption reads "This is a typical scene in Reichswald" (translated).
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The handwritten caption reads "[Beating the] Retreat by the 51st Highland Division massed Pipes & Drums at Nijmegen, 2nd March 1945, in commemoration of losses in Ardennes and Reichswald"
The photo was taken at Goffert Stadion by B. van Wulfften Palthe, a Dutch Interpreter with Corps. Tolken attached to 152 Brig.
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Annotation reads "[Beating the] Retreat by the 51st Highland Division massed Pipes & Drums at Nijmegen, 2nd March 1945, in commemoration of losses in Ardennes and Reichswald"
The photo, one of a series, was taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe at Goffert Stadion, Nijmegen.
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Photo taken by B.R. van Wolfften Palthe, Interpreter attached to 152 Brig. The annotation reads "At the radio car we heard on 24-3-45 (Bert'jes birth-date) "Our troops this morning crossed the Rhine"." (Bert was Palthe's second Son who was born on that same day but he would not meet him for several months due to being injury by shrapnel on 17/18 April 1945.
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"Buffalo" emerging from the Rhine during Operation Plunder, 23 Mar 1945.
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Annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo". Taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe, Interpreter attached to 152 Brig., as he crossed the Rhine, 23 Mar '45.
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Annotation reads "led by the skipper" and forms part of a series of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the series reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
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Annotation reads "... to Rees" and forms part of a set of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the set reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
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Part of a series taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. In full, the annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
23. [ photo ]
Annotation reads "... also are crossing" and forms part of a series of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. The full annotation across the series reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
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Photo taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. Shows a "Duck" crossing the Rhine some distance from the "Buffalo" in which Palthe crossed. The "Duck" (DUKW) was an six-wheeled amphibious vehicle which had no mounted guns. This photo is part of a series with the full annotation "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
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Taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe as he crossed the Rhine with 152 Brig. Shows an amphibious armoured vehicle crossing a short distance the "Buffalo" in which Palthe crossed. The full annotation reads "And here we go in the Buffalo, led by the skipper, to Rees, with many other Ducks who, quite far apart, also are crossing to the eastern shore."
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"Big heavy pads are required in order to hold the load when climbing out." Taken by B.R. van Wofften Palthe, crossing the Rhine with 152 Brig.
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This photos shown General Cassels, 152 Brig., throwing a ball (perhaps playing Cricket?). The handwritten caption is hard to read and is not written in English but it appears to suggest this was taken after a debriefing on the Rhine-crossing, March 1945.