The 51st (Highland) Division was commanded by Major General Victor Fortune and formed part of the British Expeditionary Force in France at the beginning of World War II. With the capture of two of its brigades in France the division effectively ceased to exist.
The 9th (Highland) Infantry Division, the 2nd Line TA duplicate, was renumbered as the 51st and subsequently served in the North African Campaign. From there it went to Sicily before returning to France as part of the invasion of Northern Europe.
Arrived European Theatre of Operations January 1940
Arrived Continent and entered combat in 7 June 1944 in Normandy