So great was the reputation of Scottish combat troops in the trench warfare of World War I that an unnamed commentator told Haldane, author of the History of the 4th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders that ‘the two most terrible engines of destruction ever made by man were the 51st and 15th Divisions, both Scottish. . .’ In this new evaluation Colin Campbell allows the experience of the elite 51st Division to speak for itself. He has researched battalion and brigade official war diaries and regimental and battalion histories and blends them with first-hand accounts and letters, many of which have never been published before. It is said that German soldiers feared the 51st (Highland) Division more that any other British or Empire division.
51ST (HIGHLAND) DIVISION IN THE GREAT WAR An Engine of Destruction
Pre-war TF division which landed in France in May 1915 and fought on the Western front during the rest of the war – Festubert, Givenchy, Somme (High Wood and Beaumont Hamel), Arras, Third Ypres, Cambrai and the Lys. 48,000 casualties, six VCs.A new evaluation of One of the best known divisions in the BEF.
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