Highlights from Post War
Two tours of duty dominated life for The Gordon Highlanders during the postwar period: West Germany and Northern Ireland. The former saw the Regiment training alongside NATO forces against the nightmare Cold War threat of nuclear, biological and chemical warfare from the Soviet Union and its Warsaw Pact allies. The latter was the polar opposite, with The Gordon Highlanders combating a determined terrorist enemy in the longest running conflict in British military history.
Between these frequent postings to West Germany and Northern Ireland were others; in East Africa overseeing the end of Empire, and fighting some of Britain’s ‘forgotten’ wars, in far-flung countries such as Malaya, Cyprus and Borneo. The Gordon Highlanders also saw service under the banner of the United Nations, for example in Cyprus and Bosnia.