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Review: Last Train to Waverley by Malcolm Archibald

Set in The Great War this book sees Lt Douglas Ramsay of 20th Bn The Royal Scots heading back to his Regiment after being wounded.  He arrives at the front line the day before the 1918 German offensive which pushed the Allies back for miles before they held, pushed back

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Review: Scotland’s Shrine by Duncan Macmillan

  The Scottish National War Memorial. Located in Crown Square, at the very apex of Edinburgh Castle is a purpose built Memorial to the Scottish casualties of World War One and then subsequent wars.  This is a magnificent building replete with memorial bays for Regiments and Corps and intricate artwork

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Review: Britain’s Lost Regiments by Trevor Royle

“The Illustrious Bands of Brothers Time \Has Forgotten” Governments have, from the beginning of time, cut their army to the lowest they think they can get away with.  No different today and the last tranche of defence cuts saw the virtual disappearance of the County Regiment.  Royle has therefore looked

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Review: The Selkirk Trilogy by Malcolm Archibald

The Trilogy consists of Soldier of the Queen, Horseman of the Veldt and Selkirk of the Fetham. The Story of a Scottish soldier’s war in Africa .

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Surviving the Nazi Onslaught: The Defence of Calais to the Death March for Freedom By Carole McEntee Taylor

Ted Taylor, 1st Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, was sent to France in May 1940 as part of Calais Force.   Initially sent to open up supply lines to the rapidly retreating BEF, they soon found themselves defending Calais against the might of the 10th Panzer Division. Outnumbered by at least

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Review: Prince Charles_HRH’s guide to Great Britishness.

Thankfully His Royal Highness has found time to write and produce this magnificent guide to what being British is all about. Essentially, in a nutshell and to precis, it’s mostly about not being French.

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Review: Bognor in the Great War by Clifford Mewett

This is another in the series of books covering towns and cities during the First World War. It follows a different format from the first book I reviewed in this series (about Hove and Portslade). In that book each chapter covered a theme. This book on Bognor in the Great

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Review – A Century of Warfare with 9 Squadron: Gordon Thorburn

9 Squadron is one of the oldest squadrons in the RAF, being formed in December 1914. With the exception of a brief period between 1919 and 1924 – when the squadron was disbanded – it has been in continuous existence ever since. The squadron has operated a huge variety of

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Review:Kruger Kommandos & Kak by Chris Ash

K K &K sets out to try and debunk some of the Boer war myths. In the book Ash sets out to right the wrongs of other (and often more experienced) historians. There were some undoubtedly pro Boer  sentiments written by Afrikaner  revisionists who must have made unlikely bedfellows with left

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Review: Manchester In The Great War By Joseph O’Neill

This book is one of several short publications on cities throughout the country concentrating on life for the folk left at home when their loved ones had answered the call and volunteered to fight for King and Country. As we know there is a vast amount of books on the

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