1st Bn Highland Light Infantry, 14th April 1945

Discussion in '53rd (Welsh) Division' started by Stewart Coupar, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. Hello,
    Hope someone can help, I was wondering if anyone knew what the 1st HLI were doing on the 14th-15th April 1945? A chap I am trying to research was wounded on the 14th.
    Many thanks,
    Stewart
     
  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From the 53rd Div history by Barclay
     

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  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    From Red Crown & Dragon by Delaforce.
     

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  4. Wow, that is great, thank you very much. What a very quick reply.
    You have made my night, thanks once again,
    Stewart
     
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  5. dryan67

    dryan67 Senior Member

    Here are the pages from the regimental history, Proud Heritage Volume 4:
     

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  6. Hi,
    Thanks for posting the pages from the Regimental History, it makes interesting reading. It is a pity they do not go into a bit more detail. In With The Jocks there is a good account of fighting outside Ibbenburgen, which even though is a different unit and Division still gives a vivid idea of what it was like being in an infantry platoon in the action. I will need to search the IWM collection to see if they have any Veterans accounts or photos/film from the period.
    One last question, did the HLI wear a patch of MacKenzie tartan on their BD's or did they wear a shoulder title with the Welsh Div flash?
    Many thanks to you both for all of your efforts and help.
     
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  7. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Stewart - had Covid19 not delayed my book for a year, you could have read considerable detail about what 1 HLI were up to 14-15 Apr 45. The map from Delaforce’s book shown at post #3 is one I drew for my earlier book No Triumphant Procession (don’t remember anyone seeking my permission but no matter!). If you can get a copy of NTP (copies can still be bought online) then it will provide you with what I hope will be good information. If not, my next book (Theirs the Strife) should hopefully be out next Spring. Do get back to me if I can help you further.

    John
     
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  8. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Oh yes just dug out my copy that was hidden behind some other books & found it page 171.
    Bit cheeky of them using it without asking.
    Not like you would have been hard to track down back then.
    :)
     
  9. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Hidden behind some other books? Surely it holds centre place on the bookshelf so that it is available for daily reference!:)
     
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  10. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Stewart - I should have thought of it earlier but I have a spare copy of NTP, which I would be delighted to let you have at a price below those advertised on Amazon. I will sign it too! We will PM if you are interested.
    Are you able to name the soldier you are researching?
     

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