On This Day: 12 March 1945

On this day 70 years ago in 1945 The Black Watch was part of preparations to cross the Rhine in the final stages of the Second World War. The attached extract from the War Diary details the actions of the day.

  • On 1-6 March the 51st Highland Division – including Battalions of The Black Watch – was at Kessel in the Netherlands, 10km from the German Border.
  • On the 7th it moved towards the Belgian Border.
  • On the 9th is began training for the Rhine Crossing.
  • On the 10th EXERCISE SPLOSH began.
  • On the 12th it was on a recce to look for suitable crossing areas between Appeldorn and Rees.

The 51st Highland Division was commanded by Major General Rennie, a Black Watch officer. The 5th Battalion Black Watch was in 153 Brigade, and the 1st Battalion (and later 7th) in 154 Brigade of the 51st HD.

Extract from 51st Highland Division War Diary, 11-13 March 1945

Extract from 51st Highland Division War Diary, 11-13 March 1945.


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