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..........
Stirling Castle esplanade, platoon on drill parade, many visitors watching from buses all around the esplanade. Drill corporal showing off, issues the command 'Squad, Shun!' Both sets of his false teeth spurt out onto the ground leaving an empty black cakehole. Drill squad and watching visitors disintegrate into fits of laughter.
Corporal stoops to retrieve his false teeth with his dignity in tatters.

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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