Dunkirk: The Forgotten Heroes

Discussion in 'Veteran Accounts' started by 509thPIB, Oct 6, 2023.

  1. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

    I just finished watching this YouTube video on the 51st Highland Division during the Dunkirk Campaign. Does anyone have book recommendations on the 51st Highland Division during this time period? I am particularly interested in veteran accounts.

  2. 509thPIB

    509thPIB Well-Known Member

  3. Christian Luyckx

    Christian Luyckx Well-Known Member


    Thank you so much for sharing the Youtube video; this was new to me :cheers:
    You may want to have a quick look at a tread dedicated to Saint-Valery-en-Caux.
    Some British, French and German accounts have already been shared which might be of interest to you.

    Kind Regards,
  4. Evekellogs

    Evekellogs Member

    I have two great uncles who were in Dunkirk and made it back to then go to the dday landings. They were both Scottish so not sure how they got back. Wonder how to find out. Saw the documentary through. Poor men left behind.
  5. Roy Martin

    Roy Martin Senior Member

    They may have come back in the later evacuations in the three weeks after Dunkirk.
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  6. Christian Luyckx

    Christian Luyckx Well-Known Member

    That is indeed a possibility.
    However, if I remember correctly, there was also a Scottish battalion (1/KOSB) that was engaged in rearguard action on the Dunkirk defence perimeter. Eve's two grand uncles could have been part of that unit.
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  7. Evekellogs

    Evekellogs Member


    My two great uncles were in Dunkirk
    51st (Lowland) Heavy Regiment fighting alongside BEF. And got home via Operation Dynamo. Hope that helps.
  8. Christian Luyckx

    Christian Luyckx Well-Known Member

    Probably the same unit as referred to here. According to this source, the 51st HA Regt. took part in the advance to the River Dyle.

    The 'History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery - The Years of Defeat 1939-41' provides an nice overview of RA-units positioned behind the Dyle. I was, however, unable to find the 51st amongst them... very puzzling. The same source, however, shows two batteries (215/51 and 240/51) near Abbeville in early June (?)

    This would surely warrants some deeper digging.
  9. Evekellogs

    Evekellogs Member

    Yes I do have their service numbers and when they enlisted, They were both gunners also.

    One uncle died in France afterwards by friendly fire.

    I'll have a look

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