A Dirty Swindle: True Stories of Scots in the Great War
By: Walter Stephen (author)Paperback
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Walter Stephen provides an uninhibited look at the misery and toil of World War I through a collection of twelve diverse stories. Providing a Scottish perspective, he takes a look at tales from home and abroad with scepticism, delving deeper to unveil the unencumbered truth. Recalling Siegfried Sassoon's words, Stephen reveals the failures of those in command as the Great War became known as A Dirty Swindle. The varied accounts chronicle the progress of troops from recruitment to training to the frontline, as well as enlightening historians to a side of Field Marshal Haig never seen before.
WALTER STEPHEN was born in Thurso, Caithness and educated at schools and universities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with degrees in Geography, Economic History and Education. He was Principal Teacher of Geography in schools in Fife and Edinburgh, before becoming the first Adviser in Social Studies in Edinburgh and Senior Adviser in Lothian Region. He set up Castlehill Urban Studies Centre, the first successful Urban Studies Centre in Britain, and the History of Education Centre.
Contents Acknowledgements 9 Introduction True Stories 11 Chapter 1 A Peace Warrior and His Family in the Great War 27 Chapter 2 Out of the Frying Pan 78 Chapter 3 Dark Lochnagar 85 Chapter 4 The First Hundred Thousand 90 Chapter 5 McCrae's Battalion - Eponymous or Anonymous? 102 Chapter 6 The War Poets in the Eye of the Storm 125 Chapter 7 Memento Mori 144 Chapter 8 Their Name Liveth 154 Chapter 9 Observe the Sons of Ulster 160 Chapter 10 The Scottish National War Memorial 168 Chapter 11 'God bless the Kaiser!' 174 Chapter 12 Andra and the Field-Marshal 178 Bibliographical Note 187
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