5TH BATTALION ARGYLL & SUTHERLAND HIGHLANDERS (VOLUME 1 & II)
What a mammoth work which is obviously the love and passion of author Vincent Gillen. The volumes chart the First World War story of Greenock's Territorial Infantry Battalion, the 5th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Volume 1 follows the battalion from mobilisation to Gallipoli, whilst volume 2 covers Egypt, Palestine and the Western Front. In total there are 600 pages of detailed information about this battalion, which until now was without a unit history of the war. The only book I am aware of is George Blake's 1929 novel, The Path of Glory." Blake fought with the 5th Argylls at Gallipoli.
The 52nd (Lowland) Division's time at Gallipoli is rarely mentioned, as with the 5th maybe with the exception of their most famous action at Achi Baba Nullah on l2th July 1915. During the centenary their contribution has been acknowledged in part by local commemorations and battlefield tours, but it is this book that does this battalion proud. One battalion survivor, Private John O'Hagan. wrote, -I tell you it was a memorable 12th July; one that won't be forgot for a long time by me." Those reading this book will now know what happened that fateful day.
The book tells their story through contemporary newspaper reports, soldiers' letters, diaries, official reports, illustrations and photographs. A battalion roll, including individual's service histories. where information is available, is also included, and the photographs of these soldiers and places they served are numerous. The book brings together a wealth of information that is invaluable to any Gallipoli or WW1 researcher, be their interest in Gallipoli, 5th Argylls, 52nd (Lowland) Division, genealogy, medals or general history. This comprehensive study of this Scottish battalion is recommended, excellent value for money, and one to add to the bowing book shelves. - Stephen Chambers, Official Gallipoli Association Historian