The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

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Battle Honours - WORLD WAR II

World War II Costs




Somme 1940  
Odon 194010 July - the high ground above the valleys of the River Odon and Orne were so strategically important that the Germans commented, "He who controls Hill 112 controls Normandy." The German forces clung to it grimly, but it changed hands many times and so many thousands of Allied and German troops were killed or wounded, that the Odon River was choked with corpses. The attack began with an artillery barrage and continued with several hours of close-quarter battles with determined German SS troops.Yes
Tourmauville Bridge  
Mont Pincon  
Quarry Hill  
Dives Crossing  
Lower Maas  
Venlo Pocket  
Rhine Yes
North-West Europe 1940, 44-45  
Sidi Barrani, North Africa 19409-10 December - the Italian commander, Graziani, launched an incursion with the Italian 10th Army into Egypt from Cyrenaica, the north eastern province of Libya. They stopped at Sidi Barrani, 50 miles inside Egypt. British and Indian divisions launched a counter-offensive codenamed Operation Compass. Sidi Barrani capitulated on the second day with 20,000 Italian prisoners. Click for details of the Argylls' involvement in the Battle.Yes
Abyssinia 1941  
El Alamein, North Africa 19421 November, Montgomery launched the second phase of his attack, "Operation Supercharge", to break through the last German defences. The infantry units cleared the way for the armoured divisions, and Rommel, his army depleted, decided the battle was lost. 2nd November, Rommel warned Hitler that his army faced annihilation. Hitler ordered Rommel to 'stand and die', but the Panzer Division had already begun to retreat by the time the order was received. 4th November, Rommel's last defences collapsed and he received orders from Hitler to withdraw.Yes
Medenine, North Africa  
Wadi el Akarit, Tunisia 1942April 6 - the Brigade led by the 7th Argylls, attacked on a narrow front. Artillery and heavy machine-gun fire from German forward positions caused many Infantry casualties. Next day the Germans withdrew, leaving tanks and artillery to hamper any possible pursuit. During this battle Lieutenant Colonel Lorne MacLaine Campbell of the 7th Argylls Battalion won a VC for valour. The Divisional Intelligence Summary notes reported "the day marked the fiercest fighting the Highland Division had experienced in this campaign."Yes - 1 Victoria Cross
Diebel Azzag, North Africa 1942  
Kef Ouiba Pass, North Africa  
Mine de Sedjenane, North Africa  
Medjez Plain, North Africa  
Longstop Hill, Tunisia 1943April 26 British troops captured Djebel Rhar, Tunisia, North Africa, after 5 days of intense fighting. They had secured a major prize from the Germans. The final capture of "Long Stop" was achieved with the help of the North Irish Horse and their Churchill tanks. The Victoria Cross was awarded to Major John Thompson McKellar Anderson, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, for his courageous action on the first day of the assault. Yes - 1 Victoria Cross
North Africa 1940-43  
Landing in Sicily  
Sicily 1943  
Cassino II  
Liri Valley 
Monte Casalino  
Monte Spaduro  
Monte Grande  
Santerno Crossing  
Argenta Gap  
Italy 1943-45 Yes
Crete 1941, 194320-28 May - 22,000 of Germany's toughest troops arrived in Crete. The Allies were numerically superior with 28,000, but were less highly trained and badly equipped. However, they resisted staunchly. 26th May, Freyberg reported that 'the limit of endurance has been reached by the troops under my command… our position here is hopeless'. Evacuation began on the night of May the 28th. Click for details of the Argylls' involvement in the Battle. Yes
Middle East 1941  
North Malaya  
Grik Road, Malaya 1941December 19 - the Grik to Kuala Kangsar road, with many key road and rail bridges, was the main north-south trunk road above Kuala Kangsar. The Japanese planned to capture it and isolate the British northwest front. The Argylls approached via the mountainous backroad from Kuala Kangsar to Grik with orders to halt the Japanese thrust south. There was fierce fighting at the village of Sumpitan, 34 miles north of Kuala Kangsar. The British, commanded by Major General Murray-Lyon, were forced back four miles to Lenggong. On December 20, the Japanese used rafts to go down the Perak River and infiltrate south, to attack the British at Lenggong. Over the next 24 hours the Argylls inflicted severe Japanese casualties before withdrawing southwards.Yes
Central Malaya  
Slim River  
Singapore Island  
Malaya 1941-42 Yes

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