Ten years after the Second Gulf War, Iraq is still a land in turmoil, plagued by sectarian violence and acts of terror. Modern-day Iraq is the result of a decision by the League of Nations after World War One to break up the Ottoman Empire and establish fixed borders for the region. Gordon Highlanders fought there throughout this period, against Ottoman forces during the war and in putting down rebellions afterwards.
Seventy years later, the Regimental Band of The Gordon Highlanders served in the region as Medics during the First Gulf War. Then in 2005/06 and 2008, 1st Battalion The Highlanders and 4SCOTS served in Iraq as part of Coalition efforts to stabilise the country after the Second Gulf War.
This special exhibition explores the 'Golden Thread' of Gordon Highlanders, Highlanders and 4SCOTS and their experiences in Iraq, a country often described as being the 'cradle of civilisation', and one struggling to regain a semblance of peace and normality.