51st Highland Division in WW2

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51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Gungnir » 13 Jul 2003 06:00

Can someone/anyone please give (briefly) information about the 51st Highland Division role in the European Theatre as well as in North Africa.

In addition, could those of you that have pictures of the 51st Highland Division in action in the European Theatre and especialy in North Africa please post.

thanks in advance

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Post by Steve » 16 Jul 2003 22:12

The 51st was badly battered in France in 1940 a large part of it surrendered on June the 12h at St. Valery-en-Caux. It was reformed and went to North Africa in September 1942. I would be suprised if you dont get more information than that, but it may be a start.

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Post by Andy H » 17 Jul 2003 00:01

The Battles involving the 51st (H) Division from 1942

El Alamein 23/10/42-04/11/42
Medenine 06/03/43
Mareth 16/03/43-23/03/43
Akarit 06/04/43-07/04/43
Enfidaville 19/04/43-29/04/43
Tunis 05/05/43-12/05/43
Sicily Landings 09/07/4312/07/73
Adrano 29/07/43-03/08/43
Bourguebus Ridge 18/07/44-23/07/44
Falaise 07/08/44-22/08/44
The Rhineland 08/02/45-10/03/45
The Rhine 23/03/45-01/04/45

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Post by Gungnir » 17 Jul 2003 02:25

much obliged, Steve and Andy H


those of you that have photos of the Highland Division, could you please post

thanks

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Post by Aufklarung » 17 Jul 2003 05:34

Still looking for some pics. :)

From Aug '44 to Apr '45 they were under 1st Br Corps and 30 Br Corps which were part of 1st Cdn Army.

51st (Highland) Div- Maj Gen TG Rennie

152nd Bde- 2nd and 5th Seaforth Highlanders
- 5th Queens own Cameron Highlander
153rd Bde- 5th Black Watch
- 1st and 5th/7th Gordon Highlanders
154th Bde - 1st and 7th Black Watch
- 7th Argyl and Sutherland Highlanders
Div Troops- RAC- 2nd Derbyshire Yeomanry
- RA -126th, 127th and 128th Field, 61st AT and 40th LAA Regts
- MG - 1/7th Middlesex Regt

12 Sep 44- Helped take Le Harve
8-21 Feb 45- Operation Veritable in The Rhineland
23 Mar 45 - Crossed the Rhine near Rees

Nothing on Africa, sorry.
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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Richard Sands » 31 Oct 2018 13:10

Some pictures on my website www.keep-em-moving.co.uk

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Pips » 01 Nov 2018 23:08

Hello Gungir,

I have two (2) books on the 51st....
* Monty's-Highlanders_51st Highland Division In The Second World War, by Patrick Delaforce.
* None-Bolder_The History Of The 51st Highland Division In The Second World War, by Richard Doherty.

Anything in particular you wish to know?

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Richard Sands » 02 Nov 2018 13:36

And I have the History of the 51st by B Salmond, published 1953.

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Kingfish » 03 Nov 2018 03:50

51st Highland was one of two "phase one" divisions assigned to Operation Totalize, and beside capturing all its objectives more or less on schedule it played a pivotal role in defeating the German counterattack.
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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by MarkN » 03 Nov 2018 12:34

You do realize that you are responding to a request posted 15 years ago. :wink:

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Tom from Cornwall » 03 Nov 2018 14:19

A long-term research project obviously. :lol:

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Kingfish » 03 Nov 2018 18:38

MarkN wrote:
03 Nov 2018 12:34
You do realize that you are responding to a request posted 15 years ago. :wink:
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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Richard Sands » 04 Nov 2018 12:33

It may be of use to new members though.!!

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Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Don Juan » 25 Dec 2018 13:20

One of the unremarked achievements of the 51st Division was that Victor Fortune, who was neither a victor nor fortunate, disproved the theory of nominative determinism.
"The demonstration, as a demonstration, was a failure. The sunshield would not fit the tank. Altogether it was rather typically Middle Easty."
- 7th Armoured Brigade War Diary, 30th August 1941

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