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Monty's Highlanders: 51st Highland Division in the Second World War

Monty's Highlanders: 51st Highland Division in the Second World War [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Delaforce
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The 51st Highland Division was the most famous infantry division that fought with the British Army in WW2. It was the only infantry division in the armies of the British Empire that accompanied Monty from during Alamein to Berlin

After the 1940 disaster at St Valéry when many were killed or captured, the re-formed 51st were a superlative division, brilliantly inspired and led. The ‘Highway Decorators’ (after their famous HD cypher) fought with consummate success through North Africa and Tunisia and from Normandy into the heart of Germany. Blooded at Alamein – where they suffered over 2000 casualties – they pursued the Afrika Korps via Tripoli and Tunis fighting fierce battles along the way. They lost 1,500 men helping to liberate Sicily. Back to the UK for the second front, the Highlanders battled their way through Normandy bocage, the break-out to the Seine, triumphal re-occupation of St Valéry, and were the first troops to cross the Rhine, fighting on to Bremen and Bremerhaven. In the eleven months fighting in NW Europe in 1944 and 1945 the Highlanders suffered more than 9000 casualties.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2063 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Military (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DN5U112
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Patrick Delaforce lives in Brighton (after Portugal, New York and France) and in his fifth career has just finished his 40th book `Invasion of the Third Reich'. A long time ago he fought in Normandy and then through Belgium and Holland to the Baltic. This is his 16th book about aspects of WW2. His biographies of Nelson's wife, Churchill and Hitler are being republished by Amberley Publishing of Stroud, Gloucestershire

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4.0 out of 5 stars A first rate history of a first rate division! 6 April 2007
This in a nutshell is a very affordable, first rate history of first rate division written by a first rate author with actual wartime battlefield experience and therefore I am sure it will appeal to a wide range of readers, especially those with an interest in this particular division and the men who served in it .

Monty once described the 51st Highland Division as one of the finest formations that had ever served under his command. In fact, it was the only infantry division that had served with him from his time in the Western Desert at El Alamein through to the invasion of Normandy and then the final entry into Berlin.

After facing a disaster at St Valery in 1940 when many members of the division were either killed or captured, the division soon re-formed and fought with distinction throughout the war, however this was not without cost either, as they suffered over 2,000 casualties at El Alamein plus a further 1,500 men were lost whilst liberating Sicily. During the 11 month period between 1944 and 1945 they also sustained a further 9,000 casualties too!

After hard fighting in North Africa and Italy, the division returned to England in time to take part in the Second Front, they landed in Normandy and successfully fought through the Bocage to triumphantly re-occupy St Valery. After taking Le Havre, they continued on through Holland and the Ardennes and were amongst the first troops to cross the Rhine.

Famous for their HD cipher, they were sometimes referred to as the "Highway Decorators" however they were highly skilled troops who were well led and their achievements during this conflict will be immortal.
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