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Old 01-03-2015, 01:18 AM   #46
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Shetland pony and miner in Virginia..

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Aden 1967 700 Glengarried men..
The Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, prior to the regiment's formation, adopted the Shetland as its regimental mascot and names them Cruachan..Shetland ponies have heavy coats, short legs and are considered quite intelligent.. They are a very strong breed of pony, used for riding, driving, and pack purposes..The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) was an infantry regiment of the British Army until amalgamation into The Royal Regiment of Scotland in 2006..The regiment was created in 1881 as an amalgamation of the 91st and 93rd Regiments of Foot.. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was expanded to 15 battalions during the First World War and 9 during the Second World War.. The regiment sent an active battalion to serve in the Commonwealth Division in Korea and gained a high public profile for its role in Aden during 1967..It also had the largest cap badge in the British Army..The uniform included the Glengarry as its ceremonial headress...

It was formed in 1881 by the amalgamation of the 91st (Princess Louise's Argyllshire) Regiment and the 93rd (Sutherland Highlanders) Regiment as outlined in the Childers Reforms..The 1st Battalion arrived in the Cape in November 1899 and formed part of the 3rd or Highland Brigade. The Argylls played leading roles in the Battle of Modder River, the Battle of Magersfontein, the Battle of Paardeberg and in an action at Roodepoort, immediately preceding the Battle of Doornkop..When the Great War broke out in 1914 the regiment had two Regular Battalions (1st and 2nd), two Militia Battalions (3rd and 4th) and 5 Territorial Battalions (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th each of which split into 1st, 2nd and 3rd-line battalions).. Se7en more Service Battalions were raised for Kitchener's Army and they were numbered 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th..There were 9 Argyll and Sutherland battalions raised during the Second World War..The 2nd Battalion fought valiantly against the Imperial Japanese Army during the fighting in Malaya and Singapore.. Led by the tough Lieutenant Colonel Ian Stewart they were one of the very few British units that was prepared for the jungle warfare in Malaya..

The 2nd Battalion, led by their piper, advance during Operation Epsom (salts) in Normandy in June, 1944..

Having suffered the massive loss of some 800 men due to being continuously used as the buffer to protect the retreating army (especially at the Battle of Slim River), the remaining Argylls, upon arriving in Singapore were reinforced with Royal Marines who had survived the sinking of HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse in December 1941 changing their name to Plymouth Argylls..A few Argylls managed to escape to India, including Lt.Col.Stewart, where they lectured on Jungle warfare tactics..In May 1942 the 15th Battalion, raised during the war, was redesignated as the new 2nd Battalion..In March 1942, two British privates of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Macfarlane and Goldie, escaped from Stalag IX-C at Bad Sulza in Thuringia..Throughout their escape bid, both men wore 40 lb rucksacks that concealed the markings and which they never took off in public..After enduring a week in a salt wagon bound for Belgium, the two men made contact with an escape line there and, by mid-summer, they were safely back in Scotland..On 25 April 1943 the 8th Battalion was, by this time, serving with the 36th Brigade, part of the 78th Battleaxe Division during the Tunisian Campaign won fame during the assault of Djebel Ahmera hill on the attack on Longstop Hill, in which despite heavy casualties from mortar and machine gun fire scaled and took the heights..In 1948, the 2nd Battalion was amalgamated with the 1st Battalion which then saw service in Palestine, Korea, British Guiana, Berlin, Suez, Singapore, Borneo, Hong Kong, Aden and the Falklands.. The Argylls were noted during the Aden Emergency for their reoccupation of the Crater district of Aden, under controversial Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Campbell Mitchell..The late 20th and early 21st centuries were dominated by service in Northern Ireland, with small detachments also serving in the Balkans..The Regiment served in Iraq in 2004... the way, Colonel, do you have any horses?.I'm sorry..I shipped all of my horses to my plantation in Kentucky..Let's concentrate and use our brains, Rome wasn't built in a day..Remember the old adage, a task slowly done is surely done..The blight of war does not end when hostilities cease...

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