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A Dirty Swindle

A Dirty Swindle

True Stories of Scots in the Great War

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Walter Stephen provides an uninhibited look at the misery and toil of World War I through a collection of twelve stories. Providing a Scottish perspective, he takes a look at reports from home and abroad with scepticism, delving deeper to unveil the unencumbered truth. Recalling Siegfried Sassoon’s words, Stephen reveals the failures of those in command as the Great War became known as A Dirty Swindle. The varied accounts chronicle the progress of troops from recruitment to training to the frontline, as well as revealing a side of Field Marshal Haig never seen before.
Title A Dirty Swindle
Subtitle True Stories of Scots in the Great War
Author Walter Stephen
ISBN 9781910745137
Binding Hardback
Author Bio Walter Stephen could not proceed beyond Geology I at Edinburgh University due to colour blindness – the analysis of crystals and subtle maps were hidden worlds for him. Degrees in Geography, Economic History and Education qualified him as an academic jack-of-all-trades with a lifelong devotion to environmental awareness and understanding. One of his achievements was the establishment and operation for twenty years of Castlehill Urban Studies Centre, the first successful Urban Studies Centre in Britain.

A former Chairman of the Sir Patrick Geddes Memorial Trust, he has been responsible for Learning from the Lasses, A Vigorous Institution and Think Global, Act Local, collections of essays on Patrick Geddes. In his introduction to the new edition of A Herd of Red Deer he brought out the importance of Frank Fraser Darling as the founder of ecology and forerunner of David Attenborough. In The Evolution of Evolution Walter Stephen sets Darwin at the centre of a circle of Interesting Victorians. All six books, plus his biography of Willie Park Junior: The Man who took Golf to the World and Walter’s Wiggles were published by Luath Press.
Back Cover Text Walter Stephen provides an uninhibited look at the misery and toil of World War I through a collection of twelve stories. Providing a Scottish perspective, he takes a look at reports from home and abroad with scepticism, delving deeper to unveil the unencumbered truth.

Recalling Siegfried Sassoon’s words, Stephen reveals the failures of those in command as the Great War became known as A Dirty Swindle. The varied accounts chronicle the progress of troops from recruitment to training to the frontline, as well as revealing a side of Field Marshal Haig never seen before.
Table of Contents Contents
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction True Stories 11
Chapter 1 A Peace Warrior and His Family in the Great War 27
Chapter 2 Out of the Frying Pan 78
Chapter 3 Dark Lochnagar 85
Chapter 4 The First Hundred Thousand 90
Chapter 5 McCrae’s Battalion – Eponymous or Anonymous? 102 Chapter 6 The War Poets in the Eye of the Storm 125
Chapter 7 Memento Mori 144
Chapter 8 Their Name Liveth 154
Chapter 9 Observe the Sons of Ulster 160
Chapter 10 The Scottish National War Memorial 168
Chapter 11 ‘God bless the Kaiser!’ 174
Chapter 12 Andra and the Field-Marshal 178
Bibliographical Note 187
BIC Subject HBWN
BISAC Subject HIS027090
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