When Lord Lovat of Beauly invited men from the Scottish Highlands and Islands to volunteer to fight the Boers in South Africa, they responded in their hundreds. As the Great War loomed the 'Lovat Scouts' gathered again to serve amid the horrors of Gallipoli and beyond. Along the way, for a brief but memorable interval, they stood duty in Norfolk, with their HQ in Hunstanton.
This book is a tribute to them, their bravery and comradeship, and most of all it is in gratitude for the warm links forged in those few months of 1915.
This is the story of one of the Second World War's most unusual animal heroes - a 14-stone St Bernard who became global mascot for the Royal Norwegian Forces and a symbol of freedom and inspiration for Allied troops throughout Europe. His life-saving heroic actions posthumously won him the PDSA Gold Medal for Gallantry.
At the age of nineteen, Glasgow-born John McCallum signed up as a Supplementary Reservist in the Signal Corps. A little over a year later, he was in France, working frantically to set up communication lines as Europe once more hurtled towards war. Wounded and captured at Boulogne, he was sent to the notorious Stalag VIIIB prison camp, together with his brother, Jimmy, and friend Joe Harkin.
Ingenious and resourceful, the three men set about planning their escape. With the help of Traudl, a local girl,they put their plan into action. In an astonishing coincidence, they passed through the town of Sagan, around which the seventy-six airmen of the Great Escape were being pursued and caught. However, unlike most of these other escapees, John, Jimmy and Joe eventually made it to freedom. Now, due to the declassification of documents under the Official Secrets Act, John McCallum is finally able to tell the thrilling story of his adventure, in which he recaptures all the danger, audacity and romance of one of the most daring escapes of the Second World War.
Gallipoli, 1915. Donald Peter (DP) Gillies, a young Lovat Scout soldier, lies in a field hospital, blinded by the Turks.
There he and his Queen Alexandra Corps nurse, Louise, fall in love. In the quiet hours he tells her of his home in the West Highlands of Scotland,of the beauty of its lochs and glens, and the struggle to save the old way of life. She in turn tells her own story of a harsh and unforgiving upbringing in the Welsh Valleys.
Donald Angus Gillies enjoys an idyllic childhood on the remote peninsula of Ardnish, steeped in the history and traditions of the scottish Highlands.Like his father and grandfather before him he joins the Lovat Scouts, and shortly after the Second World War breaks out he is recruited by the Special Operations Executive.
An expert in explosives and sabotage, Donald Angus is parachuted into the Alps to support the Resistance. There he meets a beautiful young French-Canadian SOE agent, Francoise, and Donald Angus quickly discovers that falling in love makes life of an SOE operative doubly dangerous.
In the aftermath of a top secret mission fraught with risk, both must somehow find superhuman resources of strength and ingenuity to survive in a world torn apart by war......
The Autobiography of Murdo Ewen Macdonald of Harris
From a croft in the Hebridean island of Harris to the grim confines of a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp and the hallowed halls of Glasgow University, the life of Murdo Ewen MacDonald was one of extraordinary variety. Ordained as a Church of Scotland minister in 1939 Murdo Ewen went on to see service during the second World War. As a volunteer in the First Parachute Brigade he was sent to North Africa, when he was severely wounded and taken prisoner. Whilst incarcerated in the notorious Stalag Luft III camp, he supported countless prisoners through their POW experience and played a key part in the preparations of the men who took part in the audacious breakout which was later immortalized in the Hollywood blockbuster The Great Escape.
After the war he served in various charges in Scotland before being appointed Professor of Practical Theology at Glasgow University, a post which he held until his retirement in 1984.
In this much acclaimed book he looks back over his long and eventful life.
A TIME OF TYRANTS by Trevor Royle
In this book acclaimed military historian Trevor Royle examines Scotland's role in the second world war from a wide range of perspectives.
The country's geographical position gave it great strategic importance for importing war material and reinforcements, for conducting naval and aerial operations and for training regular and specialist forces. The role played by women was also essential to the war effort: for the first time they were conscripted and worked on the land, in forestry and in munitions factories.
In addition to the importance military aspects - the exploits of the army's renowned 15th Scottish, 51st Highland and Lowland Divisions in Europe and North Africa and the role played by the RAF and the Royal Navy from Scottish bases - Scotland was also vital as an industrial powerhouse and acted as the nation's larder.
Based on previously unseen archives in the National Records of Scotland, A Time of Tyrants is the first comprehensive history of the unique part played by Scotland and the Scots in the global war to defeat Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.
On 31st December 1918, His Majesty's Yacht Iolaire sailed from Kyle of Lochalsh for Stornoway,bearing home to the Hebrides nearly 300 naval veterans of the Great War.
She never made it. At two in the morning, she ran aground by the very mouth of Stornoway harbour, and over 200 men drowned in what remains Britain's biggest peacetime disaster at sea since the loss of the Titanic - devastating the Isle of Lewis and scarring a generation.
Acclaimed journalist John MacLeod examines the events of that dreadful night and uncover a story not only of official incompetence, error and neglect but also of individual heroism and the resilience and faith of a remarkable people.
Portraits of Officers and Men on Active Service.
This edition of the book is dedicated not just to those named, but to all those from Ross-shire who answered their country's call during the 1914-18 war.
Scotland And The Great War by Catriona M.M MacDonald and E.W.McFarland
An illustrated collection of essays on the home and fighting fronts by academic historians, Scotland and the Great War addresses Scotland's distinctive role in the great war. Eight chapters address discrete themes, but together combine to portray a vivid picture of Scotland and Scots in wartime. Topics include; conscientious objection, voluntary recruitment, press coverage, gender and the war, the Scottish Highlands and the War.