The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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


A Snapshot of Service
in 'A' Company of the Argylls
In Transit, Cyprus to Tobruk - 1958

Map of Libya

from the A&SH tray..........
Cyprus, military intelligence informed us that Colonel Grivas was in a Greek Cypriot mountain village. Operation 'Kingfisher' was mounted and a massive cordon of troops surrounded the village during the night. Each soldier was lying 10 yards apart with instructions to shoot anyone who moved. Middle of the night, a machine gun goes off. Everybody was petrified, but no one dared move.
Next morning we found a dead donkey, shot by an 'A' Company bren gunner.
Later that day when 'A' Company went into the cookhouse, the whole Battalion chanted - 'Hee, haw! Hee, haw!'


Photo © H M Aitken
September 1958

First view from the 'troop ship' of the Palace of King Idris I of Libya, where 'A' Company was to be the guard of honour.

"Whit an underwhelmin reception we goat - they must huv heard aboot us!"

"Nae band, nae ballons, nae streamers, nae wimmin - nae luck!"


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