Fighting on Three Fronts: A Black Watch Battalion in the by Major D.D. Ogilvie

By Major D.D. Ogilvie

In 1914, the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry Regiment used to be a cavalry regiment with its headquarters in Kirkcaldy and squadrons established in Dunfermline, Cupar, Dundee and Forfar. The regiment was once despatched to Gallipoli in September 1915, and fought there as a dismounted cavalry formation and served until eventually the ultimate disembarkation, being one of many final devices to go away. in precisely months
the regiment misplaced 3 quarters of its power to casualties and disease.

The survivors have been despatched to Egypt the place, in 1917, they shaped the cadre of an infantry battalion, the 14th Battalion Royal Highlanders; larger often called the recognized Black Watch. The 14th Battalion shaped a part of the 74th (Yeomanry) Division
commanded via significant normal Eric Girdwood. In Egypt and Palestine, the 14th Battalion fought with contrast opposed to the Turkish forces on the conflict of Sheria in November 1917, and performed a necessary function within the occasions major as much as the autumn of Jerusalem.

Following the German offensive at the Western entrance in March 1918, the 14th Battalion used to be rushed to France and saw
action in Picardy in the course of the final phases of the battle. at the Somme, the battalion suffered seriously within the scuffling with around
Moislains in September 1918.

This vintage account, in accordance with wartime diaries, written via significant D. D. Ogilvie, info the soaking up tale of the way the Fife and Forfar Yeomanry developed over the process the battle, and offers a unprecedented fundamental resource checklist of a difficult scuffling with battalion that observed motion on 3 fronts.

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