Record

CodeNA8510
Dates -1967
Person Name51st Highland Division; -1967; regiment
Epithetregiment
ActivityThe 51st (Highland) Division was well renowned for its exploits during the First World War. From the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel, on the Somme, in November 1916, until the taking of Greenland Hill and the fighting from Iwuy to Famars in October 1918, its reputation was enhanced among the Allies. The Division was composed of entirely Highland territorials. Shortly after the outbreak of World War II, the 51st were sent to France and Belgium. They fought a series of rearguard actions against the German advance in 1940 but became isolated at St Valery and were forced to surrender before they could be evacuated. After St Valery the duplicate Division, the 9th (Highland), was redesignated as the 51st (Highland) Division and a few survivors from France joined. By 1942 the new Division had gained a formidable reputation in Egypt and North Africa and were great favourites with Montgomery. After North Africa the 51st returned to the United Kingdom to prepare for the landings in Normandy. From there they fought through France, Belgium, Holland and into Germany. In 1945 they ceased to exist as an individual unit, becoming part of the 51st/52nd Scottish Division. The 51st was revived as a separate Territorial Division in 1948 and survived as such until 1967, when it was redesignated as a Brigade of the Scottish Division.
Corporate Name51st Highland Division
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