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In 1944, 500 Lovat Scouts had just arrived in Jasper National Park in Canada to undergo rigorous training in mountain warfare in preparation for an Allied-led invasion of Nazi-occupied Norway.

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Lovat Scouts in Jasper 1944

In December 1943, Lt Col JSH Douglas, assumed command of the Lovat Scouts and after 6 months training in the Rockies they joined the 10th Indian Division with the Eighth Army in Italy in July 1944.

Colonel Douglas was shot when a dropped machine gun in the back of a lorry discharged itself and he took one in the leg below the knee!

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Comment by William Douglas on September 18, 2022 at 15:55

Additional notes:
•  The Lovat Scouts, under Colonel Douglas were dispatched to Italy in 1944 'leaving behind men injured in Canada'.

•  He reassumed command having previously been with 18 L.I.B.  I am not sure if this was in 1943, or another time.

•  There is a pipe tune:  Lt. Col. J.S. H. Douglas, O.B.E.

•  Lt Col JSH Douglas commanded 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders during the Malayan Emergency, c1952.

•  He has a son, Robin

Is the Colonel in your family.  Can you add any detail?

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