Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Men-at-Arms, Volume 3) by William McElwee

By William McElwee

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even earlier than their professional 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 comparable theatre. but, as historical past has proven, this not going mix proved to be an enormous luck. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in international conflict I (1914-1918), global warfare II (1939-1945), and beyond.

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It was initially in silver only for award to tank com­ manders, drivers, gunners and radio operators who took part in three armoured assaults on three sepa­ rate days. From 1 June 1940, it was also given in a bronze version to Panzer grenadiere and associated medical personnel, and to armoured car crews. On 22 June 1943, larger numbered Tank Battle Badges were introduced, since it had by then become apparent that the basic badge was insuffi­ cient to recognise the mounting number of actions that a Panzer crewman might have participated in.

From 1 June 1940, it was also given in a bronze version to Panzer grenadiere and associated medical personnel, and to armoured car crews. On 22 June 1943, larger numbered Tank Battle Badges were introduced, since it had by then become apparent that the basic badge was insuffi­ cient to recognise the mounting number of actions that a Panzer crewman might have participated in. The new grades had one of the numerals '25', '50', ' 7 5 ' or '100' in a box at the base of the badge, to indicate participation in that number of assaults.

It was not until 1 May, however, the day after Hitler's death, that approval for the award was finally given, and the chaotic situation in Germany at that time meant that normal production was out of the question. The 20th Mountain Army surren­ dered to the British in Norway on 8 May, and the Germans soon found that their captor, General Thorne, unlike most Allied commanders, allowed his prisoners to wear their military decorations. In view of this, Bohme's soldiers decided to make their shield themselves.

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