A Dirty Swindle

A Dirty Swindle

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True Stories of Scots in the Great War

Walter Stephen

ISBN: hardback - 9781910745137; paperback - 9781910745991

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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:


Introduction: True Stories

Chapter 1: A Peace Warrior and His Family in the Great War

Chapter 2: Out of the Frying Pan

Chapter 3: Dark Lochnagar

Chapter 4: The First Hundred Thousand

Chapter 5: McCrae’s Battalion – Eponymous or Anonymous?

Chapter 6: The War Poets in the Eye of the Storm

Chapter 7: Memento Mori

Chapter 8: Their Name Liveth

Chapter 9: Observe the Sons of Ulster

Chapter 10: The Scottish National War Memorial

Chapter 11: ‘God bless the Kaiser!’

Chapter 12: Andra and the Field-Marshal

Bibliographical Note