The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's)

'Sans Peur'       Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders red and white dicing       'Ne Obliviscaris'


A Snapshot of Service

'A' Company
Tobruk Barracks - 1958


Map of Libya
  from the A&SH tray..........
Stirling Castle esplanade, platoon on drill parade, many visitors watching from buses all around the esplanade. Drill corporal showing off, issues the command 'Squad, Shun!' Both sets of his false teeth spurt out onto the ground leaving an empty black cakehole. Drill squad and watching visitors disintegrate into fits of laughter.
Corporal stoops to retrieve his false teeth with his dignity in tatters.

Background Information

As young soldiers in the late 1950's, we became aware of how cautious the people of Tobruk were of our presence, although the older generation did show their appreciation for the British contribution during the siege of Tobruk in World War II.

Our barracks were clean - if a wee bit old-fashioned. The food was excellent. The climate was arid dry and very hot. The training was exhausting under such intense heat, but the banter in the NAAFI did compensate to a degree.

The atmosphere in and around the camp and the town was relaxed. The RAF boys treated us well. After the thrash of Cyprus, the order and peace of Tobruk brought some very welcome respite.
  The town had a medieval Moorish look with strong evidence of a Roman and Italian influence and the shops were packed with cheap goods.

My conundrum was this. Did they send 'A' Company there:-
  1. for convalescence
  2. for rehabilitation
  3. just to get rid of us
  4. all 3 of the above

Answers on a postcard, please.



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