The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


A Snapshot of Service

'A' Company In Transit
Cyprus to Tobruk - 1958



Map of Libya
from the A&SH tray..........
Lemgo, Germany, field training with tanks, a squad of Jocks piled on top of a Centurian tank passing through a quiet German village. The tank tries to turn a tight corner in the village street. The gun swivels round and takes the side off somebody's bedroom. The Jocks leapt off that tank like flies departing a decaying bratwurst.
Imagine, thur beds wurnae even made! Diiiis-graceful!

Background Information

On the 25th September 1958, 'A' Company was posted to RAF Tobruk to be guard of honour for King Idris I of Libya.

We remained there until the 3rd December 1958, before returning to Cyprus to join the Battalion at Alexander Barracks in the Dhekelia Garrison.

Tobruk is a town on the Mediterannean coast in the northern province of Cyrenaica. It is Libya's third most important seaport after Tripoli and Benghazi.
A few miles to the east of the town lies the Egyptian border and to the south lies the Libyan desert, which is a northern extension of the great Sahara desert. On Libya's western border lie the countries of Tunisia and Algeria.

Libya is an Arab republic where Tribal affiliations are very strong in the social order of the country. The people mostly depend on commercial farming based on irrigation, for there is little annual rainfall.

The discovery of oil in the 1950's gave a dramatic boost to the economy and established Libya as one of the richest countries in the Middle East.



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