51st Highland Division in WW2

Discussions on all aspects of the The United Kingdom & its Empire and Commonwealth during the Inter-War era and Second World War. Hosted by Andy H
User avatar
Posts: 3363
Joined: 28 Apr 2013 17:14
Location: London

Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Sheldrake » 23 May 2021 08:05

There were two 51st Divisions. Most of the original was captured in St Valery en Caux. The 9th (Highland) Division, which was the duplicate of the 51st was renumbered the 51st. 154th Brigade escaped capture as part of the Le Havre covering force.

Please note that a division is just three brigades of infantry without GUNNERS

The original artillery for the Highland division were highland TA regiments 75,76 and 77 (Highland) Field Regiments. Two of these were 76 & 77 were swapped with regular regiments from 3rd and 4th Divisions in early 1940 (17th and 23rd). 76th (Highland) Field regiment served with 3rd Infantry Division through the war and landed on D Day. 77th served with 4th Division in Tunisia and Italy. 75th Field regiment was evacuated from Le Havre. It was eventually converted into 75th Highland Heavy regiment and served in Sicily and Italy.

The "New" 51st Division renumbered from 9th Highland kept the field artillery of the 9th Division 126,127 and 128th (Highland) Field Regiments. There are two memoirs of Gunners from this division.
Jack Swaab's Field of Fire.https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00DAJ7JIO/ ... TF8&btkr=1
Richmond Gorle's Quiet Gunner. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quiet-Gunner-W ... ext&sr=1-1

Posts: 454
Joined: 13 Apr 2021 18:04
Location: US

Re: 51st Highland Division in WW2

Post by Linkagain » 25 Jun 2021 22:11

Picture of Rommel and the unfortunate General Fortune
https://www.bing.com/images/search?view ... ajaxserp=0

Return to “The United Kingdom & its Empire and Commonwealth 1919-45”