Unfortunately, the Germans had by chance chosen that location as one of the focal points for their Kaiserschlacht , the last great German assault on the West in March , intended to win the war before the American Expeditionary Force AEF could arrive in great numbers. The neighbouring Portuguese troops bore the brunt of the initial German assault and when they started to retire from their positions and ran across the 51st's positions, they were mistaken for Germans in the poor visual conditions and the 51st opened fire on them, causing casualties.
The under-strength 51st was also pushed back, but eventually held as the German offensive ebbed and flowed. The remains of the division survived the Spring battles and received replacements in time for Haig's Allied offensives of August onward, which saw the war coming to an end on 11 November During , members of the division were painted by the war artist Frederick Farrell , in France. It was reconstituted as the Territorial Army in , resulting in the creation of the 51st Highland Infantry Division. With the capture of two of its brigades in France the division effectively ceased to exist.
The 9th Highland Infantry Division , the 2nd Line duplicate of the 51st, was renumbered as the 51st and subsequently served in the North African Campaign. From there it went to Sicily before returning to France as part of the invasion of Northern Europe. Major-General Fortune took command of the division in In common with the rest of the British Army at the time, training and equipment had been insufficient in the years after World War 1.
In , after Chamberlain's visit to Munich, the decision had been taken to double the size of the Territorial Army, and the Highland Division had made good progress with this recruitment by the spring of The issue of equipment and the associated training remained a problem. For example: two years of regular army infantry training was compressed into 3 months; some mortar units had no experience with live ammunition until they got to the firing ranges in France; Bren gun carrier crews only received their equipment in the summer of , leaving little time for training in operating and tactics.
With the situation regarding Nazi Germany deteriorating and the threat of war on the rise, the 51st Highland Infantry Division was mobilised on 24 August In preparation for joining the BEF in France, the division travelled from Scotland to Aldershot , where it received final equipping and training. All units had arrived at Aldershot by 16 September The men were required to wear the standard British Army battledress of the day.
The War Office had decided that kilts were not suited to modern mechanised warfare and did not provide protection in the event of a gas attack. Thus the men were required to hand in their kilts before embarking for France. His command also included the 1st and 2nd Infantry Divisions , both Regular Army formations. Some of the division's units were replaced by Regular Army formations.
This was done with the intention of strengthening inexperienced Territorial divisions. The division was stationed in front of the Ouvrage Hackenberg fortress of the Maginot Line. Stationed to the south in front of the Maginot Line, the 51st Division was not a part of the force involved in Belgium , and was thus not involved in the Dunkirk evacuation. In response to the German advance it was pulled back to form a defensive line along the Somme , where it was attached to the French Tenth Army.
With the withdrawal of Allied forces at Dunkirk, the Germans turned their attention to the south. On 5 June they began their second offensive. The 51st was tasked with holding a line four times longer than that which would normally be expected of a division.
Sustained attacks over 5—6 June caused heavy losses, particularly among the 7th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders , where the main weight of the German attack fell. The Argylls' losses were the worst they had suffered in their history. The other battalions of the th Brigade were enveloped.
The remnant of the th Brigade was forced to retire to the west. Meanwhile, the nd and rd Brigades , along with the French 9th Corps , under Lieutenant General Marcel Ihler, were cut off from the main Allied forces, and had to withdraw toward Le Havre for a possible evacuation by sea. The th Brigade was detached to form " Arkforce " and tasked with maintaining an open line of communication with Le Havre. As the force moved back toward the coast German forces reached the coast area near Saint-Valery-en-Caux first, cutting off the line of retreat to Le Havre.
Obviously, the lack of familiarity amongst these newly introduced disparate units hampered division efficiency and the division could only fare moderately in further the actions at Festubert and Givenchy. In August , the 9th Highland Infantry Division , the 2nd Line Territorial Army duplicate of the 51st Division, was converted into the new 51st Division, with the 26th and 27th brigades redesignated as nd and rd brigades, and the 28th Infantry Brigade being merged with the severely under strength th Infantry Brigade. Publisher: White Lion Publishers: Publisher: Concord Publications: With the capture of two of its brigades in France the division effectively ceased to exist. The aid helped Germany rebuild. Photo: French pilots between sorties, Belarus, August , German prisoners were taken in the operation epub.
With steep cliffs overlooking the small harbour, the Germans had a ready line of fire to use against any attempts to withdraw. On the morning of 12 June the French forces surrendered, followed 30 minutes later by the British. Major-General Fortune was one of the most senior British officers to be taken prisoner in the war.
After the war was over, General Fortune was knighted by King George VI for his work in promoting the welfare of his men while in captivity Despite failing health, he had resisted repatriation. Some were loaded into canal barges for part of their journey, but all eventually travelled by train in cattle wagons. There were some notable escapes, mostly in the early stages of the march. Others had similar journeys in severe winter conditions, affected by shortages of food and shelter, with many suffering from dysentery and frostbite.
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The Division was attacked very heavily over 5—6 June with the major attack initially falling on the 7th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders before the other battalions of the th Brigade were enveloped. The Argylls' losses were heavy, the worst day for casualties in their history. Being overwhelmed the Brigade was forced to retire to the west.
During this period, the th Brigade was detached to form " Arkforce " and was able to escape the German drive into central France and Normandy. He was knighted by King George VI after the war. In August , the British 9th Highland Infantry Division , a 2nd Line Territorial Army duplicate of the 51st Division, was converted into the new 51st Division, with the 26th and 27th Brigades redesignated as nd and rd Brigades, and the 28th being merged with the severely under strength th Brigade. Two years of home defence followed on the south coast of England and north-east coast of Scotland.
It then played a major part in Operation Lightfoot , where it was in the center of the Northern Push, between the Australian 9th Division and the 2nd New Zealand Division. It faced the 21st Panzer Division and some Italian units. Initially unsuccessful during Lightfoot, the minefields it cleared were key in achieving a breakout during Operation Supercharge. It was involved in the battle at Wadi Akarit, Tunisia in early April , and took part in the frontal assault on strongpoints guarded by deep minefields, where it was on the far right of the line.
The battalion commander of the 7th Argylls, Lt Col Lorne Campbell , was awarded the Victoria Cross for his leadership during the battle. Later, the division took part in the invasion of Sicily and the invasion of Italy. Montgomery later commented "Of the many fine divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none were finer than the Highland Division.
When a group of recuperating wounded soldiers of the 51st returned from their North African hospital to rejoin the division in Italy, they were instead split up and ordered to various units and formations totally unrelated to the 51st Division or its component regiments. Some soldiers of the division regarded this as administrative high-handedness and refused to follow these orders, and the result was the Salerno Mutiny.
The mutineers were distributed to various units regardless, while ringleaders were sentenced to death the sentences were later commuted and finally quashed. After spending a brief period supporting 3rd Canadian Infantry Division , it was sent across the Orne River, and spent two months supporting the 6th Airborne Division in its bridgehead.
During this period it fought many difficult actions at places such as Breville 11—12 June and Colombelles 11 July. Its performance in Normandy was, overall, considered disappointing, particularly by General Montgomery , who stated in a telegram to Field Marshal Brooke that the division "had failed every mission it was given". On 1 August the division, along with the rest of I Corps , became part of the newly activated First Canadian Army. The division fought alongside this army in Operation Totalize , before advancing to Lisieux.
The division 's massed pipes and drums played in the streets of the town, and a parade included veterans of the campaign who were with the 51st in A similar event occurred at Dieppe when it was liberated by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division. After the successful capture of the town of Le Havre, the division went on to take part in the Battle of the Scheldt in October , finally passing into reserve and garrisoning the Meuse during the Battle of the Bulge , now as part of XXX Corps.