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Using letters, diaries and first-hand accounts together with original photographs, here is the real story of Scotland's soldiers in the First World War. Scotland's response to the Great War has, up until now, largely been marginalized or ignored. With a proportionally higher number of volunteers than any other home nation, Scotland's youth played a significant part in Britain's war effort. Here is the first study of Scotland's response to the call to arms; the true story behind the raising, the training, life in the trenches, and the sacrifices faced by those battalions raised in Scotland. This book focuses on the experiences of those who served in the Scottish divisions. Charting the course of emotions from initial enthusiasm in August 1914 through to outright disillusionment with the continuation of the war in 1917, the author clearly shows how life at the front line produced both physical and emotional changes in those caught up in the horrors of trench warfare.
Derek Young is a Research Fellow at the Unversity of Stirling. He made a national appeal across Scotland through the media for veterans to come forward to be interviewed and diaries to be sent in for consideration. His other books include Scottish Voices from the Second World War, also published by Tempus. He lives in Dundee.