Colonel SCOTT commanded the Battalion which carried out the initial
In doing so his Battalion suffered 120 casualties, of which 60 were
killed and wounded and the remainder missing.
Immediately before starting from LALAGHAT, Col. SCOTT was informed
that the airfield on which he had expected to land, PICCADILLY, was
occupied by the enemy, and he was aware that there must be grave
suspicion that the enemy was at BROADWAY as well.
Before Col. SCOTT left, I told him that I depended on the KINGS to
ensure that whatever happened BROADWAY was fit for DAKOTA landings
on the following night. His complete cheerfulness and resolution
made a deep impression on me.
He landed at BROADWAY amid a scene of carnage. A number of gliders
through no fault of their own crashed killing and wounding their
occupants. Out of his total force of 750 embarked only 380 had
arrived. Under these circumstances he might well have felt
All on BROADWAY, however, testify to the vigour and
enthusiasm with which he and the force under his command set to work
to prepare the Dakota strip. The strip was completed by the night of
D plus 1, and accepted 65 Dakotas that night.
Throughout this operation, the 1 Bn The Kings (Liverpool) Regt.
showed the greatest readiness to accept losses and sacrifices in order
to make the operation a success. Their cheerfulness in the face of
apparent disaster is due in a large measure to the personal example
and character of their Commanding Officer.