Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders by William McElwee, Michael Roffe

By William McElwee, Michael Roffe

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into life Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even ahead of their reliable incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely inconceivable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - they'd by no means even served jointly within the similar theatre. but, as background has proven, this not going blend proved to be a massive good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in global wars and past.

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Now, he said, he trained by a dynamic Commanding Officer, Ian gave no order. ' Nobody answered, authorities persistently regarded as 'impenetrable'. but all got to their feet. They advanced, in fact, Against overwhelming enemy numbers well sup- into imprisonment; and in the long, heart-breaking ported by armour, unchallenged in the air, and years which followed there was no recorded case victorious at sea, the Argylls inevitably found in the 93rd of loss of morale. themselves fighting a costly series of rearguard With the 91st virtually crippled and the 93rd actions covering the withdrawal of the army to its annihilated, the burden of maintaining the great last mainland stand along the Slim River.

The Balmoral bonnet superseded the glengarry for working dress about this time and continued to be worn down to the 1960s '17, '18' 'SOMME, 1916, '18' 'ARRAS, 1917, '18' 'CAMBRAI, 'DOIRAN, 1917, 1917, '18' '18' 'GAZA' 'Sans Peur' PRINCESS LOUISE'S ARGYLL AND SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS 27 The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, I9I9-I945 Like so many other great institutions, the British Army made a determined and prolonged effort after the war to recover a world which had perished for ever in 1914. The vast influx of civilian soldiers was demobilized as quickly as possible, and senior officers set themselves to reconstitute the old regular regiments.

But reinforcements were available, and with characteristic resilience it was back in the forefront of the advance which was halted and turned back by the intervention of Chinese 'volunteers'. During a bleak winter campaign reminiscent of the Crimea they again hit the headlines when they went to the rescue of a hard-pressed American artillery battalion which was running out of rifle ammunition. Their successful action brought them a generous letter of thanks from the American Divisional Commander, expressing admiration for their 'discipline, coolness, and workmanship' under fire; and there is no doubt that when they left for a well-earned eighteen months' rest in Hong Kong their reputation stood very high indeed throughout the Allied Army.

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