The surrender of the 51st Highland Division at St Valery in June 1940 has long been controversial.
Stewart Mitchell became Volunteer Researcher at the Gordons Museum. Aberdeen in 2005 after a career in environmental protection. He is also the author of Scattered Under the Rising Sun The Gordon Highlanders in Japanese Captivity (Pen and Sword Military, 2012) describing the horrific ordeals of the officers and men of 2nd Battalion Gordon highlanders between 1942 and 1945. Stewart lives with his wife at Bridge of Down, Aberdeen.