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Can't Shoot a Man with a Cold: Lt. E. Alan Mackintosh MC 1893 - 1917 Poet of the Highland Division Hardcover – 1 Jan 2004


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  • Hardcover: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Argyll Publishing (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902831764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902831763
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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... the authors prove that Mackintosh had
greatness in him ... in the moments (where) his
poetry takes on strength and significance ... -- The Herald

...an engaging biography...admits the humanity of
the enemy while simultaneously seething with
anger. -- Scotland on Sunday

A developing poet who could have become a
major one. -- Sheffield Star

A scrupulously researched account of
Mackintosh's short life ... good use has been
made of the battalion's war diary. -- Sunday Herald

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Rosalind Green and Colin Campbell have researched the short life of this little known war poet. They illustrate the attitudes prevalent to authority and empire and their book demonstrates, through Mackintosh's own letters and
creative work, the feelings and instincts of a young soldier faced with the imminence of the ultimate sacrifice.

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Ewart Alan Mackintosh was an exceptional poet and an extremely brave officer. Wounded in 1915, he recovered and returned to the battlefield where he led a trench raid during a night in May 1916. I have read my fair share of poems (Sassoon, Graves, Owen, Brooke etc etc) but it is Lieutenant Mackintosh (or 'Tosh', as he was affectionally known by his men) who, in my opinion wrote the most powerful poem of the war. It is this poem - 'In Memoriam - David Sutherland', that led me to this book .

The book features most of Mackintosh's poetry but for the purpose of this review I will stick to the one which prompted me to purchase the book in the first place.

Before the raid, 'Tosh' had promised his men that he would leave no man behind whilst they lived. He did not break that promise.

Unfortunately, two men did lose their lives. One died of wounds back in the British lines and the other David Sutherland died in the German trenches whilst his officer, Lieutenant Mackintosh carried him through an inferno of gun fire and shrapnel.

During the action, Private Sutherland was severely wounded from enemy grenades. He had lost his legs and with the raid coming to a close, the men were withdrawaing back to their trench. Mackintosh endevoured to carry the young Private back through the German trenches whilst having to stop at regular intervals to fight back the Germans who were in pursuit. He stubbonly defended his man, attempting to get him out of the trench and back to safety but it was no use. David Sutherland died during this rescue attempt.

Awarded the Military cross for gallantry in the raid, Mackintosh wrote to his sister telling her that rather than the medal, he wanted his men back.
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What a wonderful tribute to a great poet and a very brave young man.With great skill this book is a biography of breadth and understanding of a Leut. E.Alan Mackintosh MC a little known Anglo/Scottish poet who died aged 24 in action. Alan M richly deserves a wider audience, and this book offers an easy path to his life and work. Mr Cambell better known as defence spokesman for the SNP and fellow author Rosalind Green enchant and understand. Mr Cambell also wrote Engine of Destruction, A History of the 51st Highland Division through WW1.which provides more information about Alan M's demise. Strongly recommend both books to Lovers of poetry and/or military history.******
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. H. Norman on 10 Sept. 2006
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If you have got this far you must be a mackintosh fan. This is an excellently researched biography. You simply have to buy it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave spence on 26 Aug. 2013
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I don't recall another account describing the psychology of the times and how it drove the people to engage in the war.
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