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Ceannairc Salerno (4 de 15)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_HUGHFRASER_04
LINN
1990an
CRUTHADAIR
Hugh Fraser
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Rèidio Linne Mhoireibh
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1667
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.

Interviewer: To go back to your journey on the troop ship, Hugh, what was the mood of the troops? What was your reaction once you'd heard the news?

I had my mind made up; I was not going. Simple as that. We landed at Salerno. We were moved about there for several days - I don't know how long - but it was a bit of a shambles. Nobody seemed to be in charge of us; nobody seemed to know what was happening, until eventually we were formed up in a parade. The men of the 50th Division were kept to one side and those of us in the 51st Division were kept to another side.

Interviewer: How many troops were involved in this parade, Hugh?

I was led to believe there were about 1500 all told. Whether that's correct or not I don't know but that's what I was led to believe initially. The events are very, very hazy, of course. This thing happened fifty years ago but I can remember yet - again a name which springs to my mind - the captain who gave us an order - Captain Lee - he gave us an order three times and I can remember it yet, 'Pick up your kits. Fall out on the road, and march off to the 46th Division'. Now he give us this order three times. Many of the lads fell out of the parade and they went away. But eventually there were, as it turned out, 192 of us left on parade. There was no coercion - nobody tried to twist anybody's arms. In fact, I spoke to several of the chaps who were along with me and I said, 'If you want to go, you go. I'm not going'. So, it was an individual decision; each man made up his own mind.

Interviewer: Did it go through your mind at that time, Hugh, what charge you could be facing as a result of your attitude towards that order and did the other guys give any consideration to how severe circumstances could turn out to be for them?

Yes, I can remember that quite clearly. It was explained to us for the charge which we were alleged to be committing was in fact mutiny and the penalty for mutiny was death. And quite honestly my thought then was if the penalty is death well put us up - put me up against a wall now and shoot me. I was utterly and completely demoralised, and I was quite prepared to be stood up and shot if I weren't to be returned to my - to the 5th Camerons. Simple as that. It's perhaps diffi- it's perhaps difficult to realise that but, as I said, I and many of the others were so demoralised at that time - we had been treated rather roughly - and if that was the decision, if they were going to charge us with mutiny, if they wanted to shoot us, well, shoot me now

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 (4 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 /> Interviewer: To go back to your journey on the troop ship, Hugh, what was the mood of the troops? What was your reaction once you'd heard the news?<br /> <br /> I had my mind made up; I was not going. Simple as that. We landed at Salerno. We were moved about there for several days - I don't know how long - but it was a bit of a shambles. Nobody seemed to be in charge of us; nobody seemed to know what was happening, until eventually we were formed up in a parade. The men of the 50th Division were kept to one side and those of us in the 51st Division were kept to another side.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: How many troops were involved in this parade, Hugh?<br /> <br /> I was led to believe there were about 1500 all told. Whether that's correct or not I don't know but that's what I was led to believe initially. The events are very, very hazy, of course. This thing happened fifty years ago but I can remember yet - again a name which springs to my mind - the captain who gave us an order - Captain Lee - he gave us an order three times and I can remember it yet, 'Pick up your kits. Fall out on the road, and march off to the 46th Division'. Now he give us this order three times. Many of the lads fell out of the parade and they went away. But eventually there were, as it turned out, 192 of us left on parade. There was no coercion - nobody tried to twist anybody's arms. In fact, I spoke to several of the chaps who were along with me and I said, 'If you want to go, you go. I'm not going'. So, it was an individual decision; each man made up his own mind. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Did it go through your mind at that time, Hugh, what charge you could be facing as a result of your attitude towards that order and did the other guys give any consideration to how severe circumstances could turn out to be for them?<br /> <br /> Yes, I can remember that quite clearly. It was explained to us for the charge which we were alleged to be committing was in fact mutiny and the penalty for mutiny was death. And quite honestly my thought then was if the penalty is death well put us up - put me up against a wall now and shoot me. I was utterly and completely demoralised, and I was quite prepared to be stood up and shot if I weren't to be returned to my - to the 5th Camerons. Simple as that. It's perhaps diffi- it's perhaps difficult to realise that but, as I said, I and many of the others were so demoralised at that time - we had been treated rather roughly - and if that was the decision, if they were going to charge us with mutiny, if they wanted to shoot us, well, shoot me now