Ùrachadh mu Dheireadh 15/08/2017
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TIOTAL
Ceannairc Salerno (3 de 15)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_HUGHFRASER_03
LINN
1990an
CRUTHADAIR
Hugh Fraser
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Rèidio Linne Mhoireibh
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1666
KEYWORDS
ar-a-mach
ceannaircich
An Dàrna Cogadh
An Dara Cogadh
Feachd na Tìre
Territorials
claistinneach
cogaidhean
ionnsaighean
sabaid
saighdearan

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'S e Ùisdean Friseal, às Inbhir Nis, fear de na saighdearan a bha ann an ar-a-mach Salerno san t-Sultain 1943, nuair dhiùlt 192 fir òrdughan a ghabhail aig àm ionnsaigh nan Co-fheachdan air an Eadailt a deas. Chaidh na ceannaircich an sgaradh roimhe bho na h-aonadan aca ann an Afraga a Tuath. Ged a chaidh innseadh dhaibh gum biodh iad a' tilleadh chun nan aonadan fhèin ann an Salerno, lorg iad a-mach gu robh iad air an cur ann am buidhnean còmhla ris na feachdan Aimearaganach a bha a' sabaid airson a' bhaile. Dhiùlt iad cumail ris na h-òrdughan, ag ràdh gun deach breugan innseadh dhaibh, ach às dèidh siud chaidh an cur gu deuchainn-cùirte agus chaidh an lorg ciontach. An toiseach chaidh triùir sàirdeantan a chur fo bhinn bàis - air ìsleachadh a-rithist gu prìosanachadh fad dà bhliadhn' deug. Fhuair na corpailearan binn de dheich bliadhna agus an fheadhainn eile, seachd bliadhna an duine. Ach às dèidh siud chaidh dàil a chur air a h-uile binn, fhad 's nach biodh mì-mhodh sam bith tuilleadh ann. Ach cha deach mathanas oifigeil a thoirt seachad a-riamh.

Sa phìos de chlàr-claistinneach seo, air a chlàradh an toiseach sna 1990an airson 'Moray Firth People', tha Ùisdean a' bruidhinn air mar dh'èirich dha san ar-a-mach.

'We were embarked on ships - I can't remember which one I was on. There were - I can remember the names of the three of them - there was the 'Scylla', the 'Euryalus', and the 'Charybydis', or something like that. So we were embarked on these ships and, as I've said, we were - I was told definitely that we would be returned to our own units and I told other lads this. However, we were halfway across the Med when, all of a sudden, a stark, cold announcement came over the tannoy system, 'You're not being - you're not going back to your own units, you're being transferred to the 46th Division. You're going to Salerno, to the 46th Division.' I had no idea what the 46th Division was; I'd no idea where Salerno was. There was a hushed murmur throughout the whole ship. It was obvious then that some of us - someone had told us a lie; we'd been deceived. From that moment on I was determined I was not going to any other unit and when I think of what we had all been through prior to that I was really upset that persons in authority could have told us such a blatant lie. And that is something which sticks in my mind and it has done for the past fifty years. We'd been blatantly deceived. It eventually came to light that those in authority at the camp - those in high authority at the camp - were well aware where we were going but instructions had been given not to tell us where we were going. So there's no doubt - there's no doubt in my mind - that we were very, very, profoundly deceived. If I'd been told at the camp that I was going to the 46th Division, my reactions would have been the same. I would have said to whoever was in charge, 'I'm not going there, I'm going back to the 5th Camerons.'

Interviewer: Had you already been told, Hugh, by your own C.O., by General Wimberley, that in the event of you getting separated, you should make the utmost effort to rejoin the 5th Camerons?

Oh, that's correct. Each of us belonged to the best section, the best platoon, the best regiment in the British Army and this was - this went throughout the whole division and the 50th Division as well. There was great rivalry between the 50th and the 51st but there was a kind of friendly rivalry. Each of us belonged to the best unit in the British Army and it had been instilled in us that if ever we should become parted from our units, make all efforts to return to them, no matter how difficult it would be. General Wimberley himself, of course, he was a Cameron and being a Cameron myself I could - I was well aware of his feelings towards the Cameron Highlanders'

Airson stiùireadh mu bhith a’ cleachdadh ìomhaighean agus susbaint eile, faicibh duilleag ‘Na Cumhaichean air Fad.’
’S e companaidh cuibhrichte fo bharantas clàraichte ann an Alba Àir. SC407011 agus carthannas clàraichte Albannach Àir. SC042593 a th’ ann an High Life na Gàidhealtachd.
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Ceannairc Salerno (3 de 15)

1990an

ar-a-mach; ceannaircich; An Dàrna Cogadh; An Dara Cogadh; Feachd na Tìre; Territorials; claistinneach; cogaidhean; ionnsaighean; sabaid; saighdearan

Rèidio Linne Mhoireibh

MFR: The Salerno Mutiny

'S e Ùisdean Friseal, às Inbhir Nis, fear de na saighdearan a bha ann an ar-a-mach Salerno san t-Sultain 1943, nuair dhiùlt 192 fir òrdughan a ghabhail aig àm ionnsaigh nan Co-fheachdan air an Eadailt a deas. Chaidh na ceannaircich an sgaradh roimhe bho na h-aonadan aca ann an Afraga a Tuath. Ged a chaidh innseadh dhaibh gum biodh iad a' tilleadh chun nan aonadan fhèin ann an Salerno, lorg iad a-mach gu robh iad air an cur ann am buidhnean còmhla ris na feachdan Aimearaganach a bha a' sabaid airson a' bhaile. Dhiùlt iad cumail ris na h-òrdughan, ag ràdh gun deach breugan innseadh dhaibh, ach às dèidh siud chaidh an cur gu deuchainn-cùirte agus chaidh an lorg ciontach. An toiseach chaidh triùir sàirdeantan a chur fo bhinn bàis - air ìsleachadh a-rithist gu prìosanachadh fad dà bhliadhn' deug. Fhuair na corpailearan binn de dheich bliadhna agus an fheadhainn eile, seachd bliadhna an duine. Ach às dèidh siud chaidh dàil a chur air a h-uile binn, fhad 's nach biodh mì-mhodh sam bith tuilleadh ann. Ach cha deach mathanas oifigeil a thoirt seachad a-riamh.<br /> <br /> Sa phìos de chlàr-claistinneach seo, air a chlàradh an toiseach sna 1990an airson 'Moray Firth People', tha Ùisdean a' bruidhinn air mar dh'èirich dha san ar-a-mach.<br /> <br /> 'We were embarked on ships - I can't remember which one I was on. There were - I can remember the names of the three of them - there was the 'Scylla', the 'Euryalus', and the 'Charybydis', or something like that. So we were embarked on these ships and, as I've said, we were - I was told definitely that we would be returned to our own units and I told other lads this. However, we were halfway across the Med when, all of a sudden, a stark, cold announcement came over the tannoy system, 'You're not being - you're not going back to your own units, you're being transferred to the 46th Division. You're going to Salerno, to the 46th Division.' I had no idea what the 46th Division was; I'd no idea where Salerno was. There was a hushed murmur throughout the whole ship. It was obvious then that some of us - someone had told us a lie; we'd been deceived. From that moment on I was determined I was not going to any other unit and when I think of what we had all been through prior to that I was really upset that persons in authority could have told us such a blatant lie. And that is something which sticks in my mind and it has done for the past fifty years. We'd been blatantly deceived. It eventually came to light that those in authority at the camp - those in high authority at the camp - were well aware where we were going but instructions had been given not to tell us where we were going. So there's no doubt - there's no doubt in my mind - that we were very, very, profoundly deceived. If I'd been told at the camp that I was going to the 46th Division, my reactions would have been the same. I would have said to whoever was in charge, 'I'm not going there, I'm going back to the 5th Camerons.'<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Had you already been told, Hugh, by your own C.O., by General Wimberley, that in the event of you getting separated, you should make the utmost effort to rejoin the 5th Camerons?<br /> <br /> Oh, that's correct. Each of us belonged to the best section, the best platoon, the best regiment in the British Army and this was - this went throughout the whole division and the 50th Division as well. There was great rivalry between the 50th and the 51st but there was a kind of friendly rivalry. Each of us belonged to the best unit in the British Army and it had been instilled in us that if ever we should become parted from our units, make all efforts to return to them, no matter how difficult it would be. General Wimberley himself, of course, he was a Cameron and being a Cameron myself I could - I was well aware of his feelings towards the Cameron Highlanders'