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5.0 out of 5 stars
Tyneside Scottish, 30 Oct 2011
A well written,concise history of the four battalions of the Tyneside Scottish raised by the citizens of Newcastle upon Tyne following the outbreak of the First World War. It describes the initial foundation, early training and transfer to a large purpose built hutment camp on the Duke of Northumberland's lands in Alnwick.
The author was the Brigadier-General appointed at the foundation of the Brigade to lead the battalions through the initial training and eventual mobilization to France. The four battalions took part in the first day of the battle of the Somme, and, like most other Brigades involved in the battle suffered massive loss, as the men moved forward across No-Man's-Land in line, side by side, and were mown down by German machine gun and shell fire. The impact of this loss on the Brigade is really only hinted at in the book and the story continues as the Brigade is moved out of the line and casualties are gradually replaced in preparation for a return to the field.
The Brigadier-General continued with the Brigade until the relatively successful battle of Arras, at which point he had reached "the end of his tether" and left to return to England.
The book provides a valuable, first hand description of the actions of the Tyneside Scottish in the Great War and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in either the Brigade or the War itself.