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This is a history of one of the most famous British infantry divisions of World War II, formed from battalions of the Scottish Highland regiments, which fought in France, in the major battle of El Alamein in North Africa, Sicily, the Normandy Landings, and the subsequent campaign through France, into the Low Countries, and finally, into Germany. The 51st Division was part of the pre-war Territorial Army and included nine battalions of TA soldiers as well as artillery, engineers, medics, and other support units.


Richard Doherty is the author of Irish Generals, Normandy 1944, and The Siege of Derry 1689.