FIFTY YEARS AGO Thursday November 7, 1968
Lussa Dam ‘blown up’
Lussa Dam was ‘blown up’ on Tuesday night by a patrol of the First Battalion the Black Watch but in the process they lost four men, captured by men of the Queen’s Own Highlanders. People in Kintyre, however, need have no fear for their electricity supplies since the ‘action’ was all part of one of the biggest military exercises ever held in Argyll. The ‘enemy’ in the exercise was the Black Watch, about 200 of them, who were supposed to be guerrillas from North Kintyre harassing South Kintyre. And a ‘United Nations’ force, men and women of the First Battalion the Queen’s Own Highlanders, were called in to help South Kintyre. The UN force arrived in Campbeltown on Monday, having crossed from Fairlie in the British Rail car ferry Glen Sannox. From the Old Quay, they marched to Kinloch Park where a large number of spectators saw them board Wessex helicopters which whisked them away to the ‘front line’.