"Superb and long-overdue history of the Scots Guards 1914-1918"
Old Soldier Sahib
Sir Hew Strachan sums this two-volume collection up succinctly when he writes in his forward, "Randall Nichol [author] is too modest to say so, but his book can claim to be the history of their service on the Western Front for which the Scots Guards have been waiting for over a hundred years." Sir Hew is absolutely right, and moreover this is a highly readable account of the Scots Guards during the First World War. For the most part, although a resource that the committed historian cannot afford to be without, some regimental histories can be desperately dull. Kipling's account of the Irish Guards in the Great War, and John Buchan's account of the Fifteenth (Scottish Division) are notable exceptions, but then both men were accomplished writers and one could argue that if they couldn't write a readable account, then who could?
Randall Nichol has been fortunate in having access ... full review
"A fitting tribute to the Scots Guards during WW1"
Old Soldier Sahib
I have left a review on the first volume of this two-volume series. In short though, this is a skillful and instructional rendering of the Scots Guards during the First World War which draws on hundreds of personal testimonies and reconstructed histories through service records and other sources. This truly is a history through the eyes of the men who were there and the author is to be congratulated on producing such a well-written tribute to them. Nicely printed and produced by Helion who are building an impressive list of military titles.
Mrs. L. Nixon
I originally bought this book because there was a photo of my late husband in it. I got interested and read the book. It was good and more of interest to ex-soldiers because some of the phrases are military, but easily understood.
"While I Missed My Own, Too!"
With a lot of interest in all that the Scots Guards get up to (being the son of an ex member of 2 Bn) and while serving myself this summer in Afghanistan, I thought it seemed entirely appropriate to give this book an outing. From the off I liked the style of writing, from the first person but all about the third, if you like? Written by an embedded journalist (Himself a son of an ex Guardsman) he was with the Bn in the early training days and followed them through to their return, and to this day from what I gather. His writing is accurate, gritty and thoughtful. All of his, and his subjects' experiences are covered well while maintaining great respect, clarity and punch. I read this in a couple of sittings and found it a great, informative read. Not least as I could relate to a lot ... full review
If you like this type of music, and lets face it not everyone does, there is only one word to describe this CD, "FABULOUS". In my view the best piece is the haunting "Highland Cathedral", but it is all exceptional.
This book is split into the several parts, each dealing with a different battalion of the regiment. I do not own this book but I have however used the section covering the 2nd battalion and in particular there actions during 1941. Its based off this small portion of the book that my opinion on it is based.
What this section contained was a near enough day by day account of the battalions actions, in places just a line to say what they did if they were not in combat but in other places several pages giving a detailed description of there actions for even the most obscure battles and operations of the desert campaign. This level of information covers such things as a general overview of the battle/operation, the battalions objectives, the casualties suffered by the battalion (in one action the battalion suffered only 5 casualties yet the ... full review