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Jack Frost will Bite More Than Your Nose

Happy first day of winter!

“His Majesty the King inspects invasion troops, here, officers of the 5th Battalion (Caithness and Sutherland), Seaforth Highlanders during a snow storm at Gorhambury Park in Hertfordshire, February 29, 1944.”

IWM H 36241, by LT Cook, War Office official photographer.

For reference, the Seaforth’s 5th Battalion was formed as a Territorial unit after the loss of the 2nd and 4th Battalions along with the ill-fated 51st (Highland) Division, which was left behind to cover the evac at Dunkirk during the Fall of France. Nicknamed the “Highway Decorators,” it was part of the reconstituted 51st Division’s 152nd Brigade. In September 1944, the unit was distinguished, along with the 5th Camerons, as one of the leading Battalions on the assault at Le Harve, then was heavily involved in the liberation of Holland, where many of its members rest eternally.