Friday, November 30, 2007
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007
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St Andrews Old Course, Scotland. The oldest and most famous 18 holes in the world. The Old Course in St Andrews has played host to the greatest golfers that have ever lived.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Clan MacLeod Of Skye. The MacLeods of Skye established themselves at Dunvegan, which remains the chief's seat to this day. Tour Island of Skye, Scotland, on an Ancestry Tour of Scotland. Best Scottish Tours, Best Scottish Food, Best Scottish Hotels, Small Group Tours of Scotland.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
This Tour of Scotland in November included; Aberfeldy, Blairgowrie, Broughty Ferry, Crail, Creich Castle, Cupar, Dunkeld, Elcho Castle, Firth of Tay, Forth Railway Bridge, Highland Perthshire, Kinnoull Hill and Tower, Loch Tay, Meikleour Beech Hedge, Moness, Perth, River Tay, River Tummel, St Andrews, Scone, Tay Railway Bridge and more.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
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Monday, November 12, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
The Northern Isles at War. During the two world wars, the chain of island groups - Orkney, Shetland, the Faroes and Iceland, linking Europe to North America, acquired great strategic significance. Operating from its main base at Scapa Flow, the Royal Navy and its allies sought to contain the German naval threat within the North Sea and protect the northern flank of maritime operations in the North Atlantic. This book tells the story of operations along this northern front in a sequel to the author's earlier account of Scapa Flow, operations that had to contend with fierce weather as well as a determined and capable enemy. While the clandestine, daring operations of the Shetland Bus to maintain contact with occupied Norway are well known, some other aspects of the story have almost faded from memory: the Northern Patrol of armed merchant cruisers based in Shetland in between 1914 and 1918 that implemented an effective blockade on German commerce; the lonely patrols of the Coastal Command flying boats; and the military occupation of the Faroes and Iceland in between 1940 and 1945. The book also recounts some remarkable incidents, such as the arrest in 1914 of the staff of the Lerwick Post Office, the laying and clearing of the North Sea mine barrage, and the VE Day riots in Reykjavik. Illustrated with over a hundred archive photographs, this is a fascinating glimpse into a theatre of war overlooked by other naval history books. THE NORTH ATLANTIC FRONT: The Northern Isles at War.
Perilous Road To Rome and Beyond. The Memoirs of a Gordon Highlander. The author fought with the 6th Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders during the campaigns of 1st Army in Tunisia and in Italy thereafter. As a young platoon commander he and his men were in the thick of the fighting. Wounded during the desperate action at Anzio, he wrote notes of all that had happened in exact detail and the result is a memoir both fresh and authentic. This is one of the most gripping memoirs we have published, on a par with Geoffrey Powell's Men At Arnhem. The author also describes the actions of other regiments, particularly the Guards Brigade at Anzio, and US units, alongside whom he fought.In the closing stages of the book he shares his post-conflict experiences and convalescence with the reader in a moving way. PERILOUS ROAD TO ROME AND BEYOND: The Memoirs of a Gordon Highlander.
Stirling's Men: The Inside History of the SAS in World War II. Today the most admired and imitated of the world’s special forces, the SAS owes its origins and early growth to the drive and initiative of one man : the remarkable and eccentric aristocratic Scottish soldier David Stirling. This book gives the whole thrilling story of the birth of the SAS, or the Long Range Desert Group as it was originally dubbed when it was born in the heat of the North African campaign. The two things that the varied recruits to the new force had in common was their unconventionality and their desire to get to grips with the enemy on ground of their own choosing. Gavin Mortimer interviewed more than 60 surviving WW2 SAS veterans, including many who have never spoken before. They tell gruelling stories of the hard training that broke all but the toughest; of raids on German desert airfields; of derailing trains in Italy and France where, in 1944, the tiny number of SAS men accounted for more than 8,000 enemy casualties. FOInally, as the fighting moved into Germany proper the SAS faced their most formidible enemy yet - the fanatical troops of the SS. Belongs on the shelves of all those interested in the elite force whose daring so often bought victory. Stirling's Men: The Inside History of the SAS in World War II (Cassell Military Paperbacks).
Pipes of War. The sound of the pipes is something that stirs the hearts of all Scotsmen and pipers of Scottish regiments are at the heart of regimental traditions; the sound of the drums and pipes approaching in the distance can raise the hairs on the back of the neck. There are many occasions of Scottish troops being piped into battle and the casualty lists as well as lists of gallantry awards feature not a few pipers, including two VCs. The original BEF landed in France with seven Scottish battalions possessing pipe bands and, by the end of the war, the number of such units exceeded a hundred. And of course there were pipers from the Dominions, especially Canada which had several Scottish regiments, a piper of the 16th Canadian Scottish Battalion was one of the VCs. This account looks at the part played by pipers in all the theatres of war and describes many individual actions, most leading to gallantry awards. The detail in this remarkable piece of research includes the nominal roll of pipers by regiments and battalions, noting any casualties, and though the list does not claim to be definitive it is nonetheless an extremely impressive one. There is also a roll of honour, again by regiments and battalions. There are sections on pipe tunes, Irish pipes, tuition of young regimental pipers, a fine piece on the music of battle by the famous war correspondent, Philip Gibbs and much more besides. PIPES OF WAR. A Record of the Achievements of Pipers of Scottish and Overseas Regiments during the War 1914-18.
The Black Watch. The Inside Story of the Oldest Highland Regiment in the British Army. The Black Watch is one of the finest fighting forces in the world, and has been engaged in virtually every worldwide conflict for the last three centuries. Named after the dark tartan of the soldiers' kilts, it is the oldest Highland regiment. As part of the British army, their first battle abroad was in Flanders in 1745, but the regiment soon moved to North America to fight the French, and then shared the capture of Montreal, the Windward Islands, and Martinique. The American War of Independence saw the regiment once again in America, fighting horrific battles and eventually storming Fort Washington in 1776. Since then the regiment has held its own from the Napoleonic Wars to the Indian mutiny to Iraq. Black Watch: The Inside Story of the Oldest Highland Regiment in the British Army.
The Tartan Pimpernel. The Tartan Pimpernel is the remarkable autobiography of Donald Caskie, minister of the Scots Kirk in Paris at the time of the German invasion of France in 1940. Although he had several opportunities to flee, Caskie remained there to help establish a network of safe houses and escape routes for Allied soldiers and airmen trapped in occupied territory. The seamen's mission he set up in Marseilles was in fact the largest clearing-house in France for stranded British soldiers and airmen. This was dangerous work, but, despite the constant threat of capture and execution, Caskie showed enormous resourcefulness and courage as he aided thousands of servicemen to freedom. Finally arrested and interrogated, he was sentenced to death at a Nazi showtrial, and it was only through the intervention of a German pastor that he was saved. After the war, Caskie returned to the Scots kirk, where served as minister until 1960. This inspiring story of selfless commitment to others in extreme adversity is the truly brave man. TARTAN PIMPERNEL, THE.
None Bolder. The History of the 51st Highland Division. This is a history of one of the most famous British infantry divisions of the Second World War, formed from battalions of the Scottish Highland regiments, which fought in France, in the major battle of El Alamein in North Africa, Sicily, the Normandy Landings, and the subsequent campaign through France, into the Low Countries, and finally, into Germany. The 51st Division was part of the pre-war Territorial Army and included nine battalions of TA soldiers as well as artillery, engineers, medics, and other support units. None Bolder: The History of the 51st Highland Division.
Forgotten Scottish Voices from the Great War. A study of the Scottish troops who bravely served in World War I, this book looks at everything from food and free time to brutal trench warfare, using letters and quotes from soldiers who actually fought. Forgotten Scottish Voices from the Great War.
Come On Highlanders! Glasgow's Territorials in the Great War. Already possessors of a proud history by the outbreak of the First World War, the men of 9th, Glasgow Highland Battalion, The Highland Light Infantry, were right at the heart of the cataclysmic events that unfolded on the Western Front. One of the first Territorial units to be rushed to France in 1914, they participated in almost all the major British battles; Festubert, Neuve-Chapelle and Loos in 1915, the Somme in 1916, Arras and Ypres in 1917. They were closely involved in opposing the great German offensive of spring 1918, and in the big Allied push which culminated in victory later that year. Altogether, around 4,500 men served with the battalion in the First World War. By 1919, over 1,200 had died and at least double that number had been wounded. Despite this the ethos of the battalion, built up over half a century of peace and many months of warfare, survived. Alec Weir's accessible, informal style, employing many first-hand accounts, and his rigorous research combine here to produce a fascinating and detailed account of how ordinary men from all walks of life confronted and mastered the hellish conditions of trench warfare. Alec Weir's grandfather, Major Frank Ernest Lewis MC, DCM, was the Glasgow Highlanders' regimental Sergeant-Major in 1914 and later became their Adjutant. A desire to find out more about his grandfather's military experiences prompted the author to begin the research that led to this book. Come On Highlanders! Glasgow's Territorials in the Great War.
Tartan Airforce. The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force in Scotland. Spanning a century, this book investigates Scotland's contribution to military flying in Britain. Throughout the century, Scottish aviators lead the way in peace and war. Scotland provided the airfields for some famous flying operations, including those against the Tirpitz in World War II. With a wealth of previously unpublished reminiscences from air and ground crew, fliers and non-fliers, this is a comprehensive and extensively researched tribute to Scotland's major role in military flying. TARTAN AIRFORCE: The Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force in Scotland - 1907-2007.
The Flowers of the Forest. Scotland and the First World War. The country and its people were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Once the workshop of the empire and an important source of manpower for the colonies, after the war, Scotland became something of an industrial and financial backwater. Emigration increased as morale slumped in the face of economic stagnation and decline. The country had paid a disproportionately high price in casualties, a result of the larger numbers of volunteers and the use of Scottish battalions as shock troops in the fighting on the Western Front and Gallipoli, young men whom the novelist Ian Hay called the vanished generation, who left behind them something which neither time can efface nor posterity belittle. There was a sudden crisis of national self-confidence, leading one commentator to suggest in 1927 that the Scots are a dying race. Royle examines related themes such as the overwhelming response to the call for volunteers and the subsequent high rate of fatalities, the performance of Scottish military formations in 1915 and 1916, the militarisation of the Scottish homeland, the resistance to war in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, the boom in the heavy industries and the strengthening of women's role in society following on from wartime employment. FLOWERS OF THE FOREST, THE: Scotland and the First World War.