Highlights from World War Two
Europe & North Africa
The Second World War began badly for Britain. For The Gordon Highlanders, two Battalions of the Regiment, the 1st and the 5th, were forced to surrender at St Valery in France in June 1940, along with most of the 51st Highland Division.
Yet both Battalions, together with their Division, were quickly reformed and fought with distinction in North Africa and Sicily. They returned to North West Europe on D-Day, 6th June 1944, and fought their way, along with a reformed 2nd Battalion (see below), from Normandy, through France, Belgium and the Netherlands to victory in Germany in May 1945.
2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders was captured after the Japanese took Singapore in February 1942. Despite this loss, the Gordons were well represented as British forces fought back against the Japanese in Burma. Two Battalions, the 8th and the 9th, saw action, but not as infantry. The 8th was converted to an Artillery Regiment, while the 9th became an Armoured Regiment.