Below is a list of the history pages, personal accounts, extracts and photos that have been tagged with a reference to '5th Seaforth Highlanders'...
1. [ history ]
A brief outline of 51st (Highland) Division in the First World War 1914 - 1919
2. [ history ]
The 51st Highland Division moved along the cost with the New Zealand Division and 7th Armoured Division carrying out a flanking attack. Failure to succeed in occupying Tripoli would cause Montgomery to have to fall back...
3. [ history ]
The Mareth line was formed at the narrow point between the coast and the Matmata hills. The plan was to smash the Mareth defensive lines through the Matmata Hills into the Gabes Gap, which would later be the area of the battle of Wadi Akarit.
4. [ history ]
The battle of Wadi Akarit took place in a narrow coastline strip between the sea and the coastal towns of Gabes and El Hamma. Between these was the Gabes gap. The Wadi Akarit ran across the gap at the coastal end and to the Roumana Ridge inland and to the west. This area was the objective for the 51st Highland Division...
5. [ history ]
Details of the action at VIZZINI and FRANCOFONTE, Sicily, 13th - 15th July 1943
6. [ history ]
Description of the Battle for the Sferro Hills, late July - early August 1943
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The 51st Highland Division landing took place to the west of the Ornnemouth in the 1st Corps area and crossed the River Orne. The operations in the following weeks were some of the worst the Division had experienced...
8. [ history ]
after initial operations by 5th Black Watch against the area of Douvres, 153 Brigade followed by 152 Brigade crossed the Orne to operated to the east of the Orne and north east of Caen centred on an area known as the Triangle...
9. [ history ]
On 10th January 152 Brigade moved through 153 Brigade with the task of pushing across the Marche - La Roche road and on to take Ronchamps thus covering the right flank of the divisional advance down the Ourthe valley.
10. [ history ]
The Operation to cross the Rhine was to be called Operation Plunder. The Plan for Operation Plunder was to cross on a two corps front with 51st Highland division on the left leading 30 Corps. The Divisional objectives on the other side of the Rhine were Honnepel and Rees.
11. [ public ]
A set of photos taken by B.R. van Wulfften Palthe, interpreter attached to 152 Int. Brig. showing scenes from his crossing of the Rhine during Operation Plunder. Presumed to be with the 5th Seaforth at dawn on the 25 Mar '45.
1. [ extract ]
An extract from Derek Bird's "The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent" detailing 152 Brigade's attack on Beaumont-Hamel, 13 NOV 1916.
2. [ general ]
Major Hugh Robertson's Daughter, Linda McLean, very kindly sent us a few photographs of her Father after reading about him within Alastair Borthwick's account of the 5th Seaforth's "Attack on Groin" in which Hugh features in his role as O.C. "C" Company.
3. [ account ]
An account of the defense of Point 198 at Wadi Akarit on 6th April 1943. This account is taken from "OPERATION SCIPIO - THE 8TH ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF THE WADI AKARIT" by kind permission of the author B. S. Barnes.
4. [ account ]
An account of the operation to take a ridge called Djebel Roumana at Wadi Akarit on 6th April 1943. This account is taken from "OPERATION SCIPIO - THE 8TH ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF THE WADI AKARIT" by kind permission of the author B. S. Barnes.
5. [ account ]
An account from a Medic of the fighting at Wadi Akarit on 6th April 1943. This account is taken from "OPERATION SCIPIO - THE 8TH ARMY AT THE BATTLE OF THE WADI AKARIT" by kind permission of the author B. S. Barnes.
6. [ op order ]
This Operation Order was kindly provided by Mrs TBM Lamb and was signed by her late husband, then Adjutant of 5th Camerons.
7. [ op order ]
Operation Order No. 12 (Operation 'Veritable') listed in full - dated 4th February 1945 (Reichswald)
8. [ account ]
152 Brigade Operations during Operation Plunder - the Rhine Crossing - and the attack on Groin
9. [ account ]
An account of the attack on Groin (Rhine Crossing - Operation Plunder) by 5th Seaforth Highlanders, taken with kind permission from "Battalion" by Alastair Borthwick.
1. [ photo ]
This newspaper clipping was kept by Hugh Robertson's Mother. Linda McLean (Hugh's Daughter) recalls that she kept it as Hugh had not believed that he had been awarded the M.C. and thought she had become confused whilst he was overseas.
The date of print and original publication are unknown.
2. [ photo ]
Caption reads "Piper MacDonald of the Seaforth Highlanders plays to some of the troops who make up the Highland Division while they rest during a march in the Western Desert, 23 September 1942."
Taken by Sgt.Martin 23.9.42.
With kind permission of the IWM.
3. [ photo ]
5th Seaforth in the anti-tank ditch near Mareth.
4. [ photo ]
Diagram of the Battle of Wadi Akarit, from "The History of the 51st Highland Division" by J B Salmond
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Men of 5th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders arrive at Sousse Harbour prior to embarkation to Sicily and the start of Operation Huskey.
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7. [ photo ]
5th Seaforths attack on Mierchamps
8. [ photo ]
Sketch map showing key features of the attack on Groin
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This photograph of Major Hugh Robertson was sent to us by his Daughter, Linda Jane McLean, after reading Alastair Borthwick's account of the 5th Seaforth's 'Attack on Groin' in which Hugh Robertson is referred to in several sections in his role as O.C. "C" Company.
10. [ photo ]
This photo was sent to us by Hugh Robertson's Daughter, Linda McLean, and shows Hugh tossing a caber.
Linda recalls Hugh telling her that this photo was taken due to the fact they were using telegraph poles which are larger than standard length cabers. The location is believed to be Cuxhaven, Germany, during September 1945.
Hugh Robertson features within the account of 5th Seaforth's "Attack on Groin" in his role as O.C. "C" Company. Hugh would become Major Hugh Robertson by the end of the war.
This photo accompanies another of Hugh throwing a shotput at the same location.
11. [ photo ]
This photograph of Major Hugh Robertson throwing a shotput was sent to us by his Daughter, Linda Jane McLean. Hugh Robertson is mentioned several times in Alastair Borthwick's account of the 5th Seaforth's 'Attack on Groin' and was interviewed for a number of film documentaries on the Division.
This photo is believed to have been taken post war, in the Autumn of 1945 in Cuxhaven, Germany.