We've received notice of several books from The History Press in the past, and two in particular we've mentioned on this blog before.
The first is Scotland on the Frontline: A Photographic History of Scottish Forces 1939-45
Traditionally Scotland has made a contribution to Britain’s wars well out of proportion to her population and her military achievements are recognised throughout the world. During the Second World War 40,000 Scottish men and women lost their lives and many more were wounded, both physically and emotionally. They served in every Corps and Department in the British Army, and with the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force.
Scotland on the Frontline provides an outline of Scotland’s war effort drawing on extensive photographic evidence from commercial, state and personal collections, looking beyond the experience of individual regiments to provide a wider picture of the experience of the Scottish soldier, sailor and airman in the struggles against Germany, Japan and Italy.
This book will provide any teacher or student of military history an insight into what it was really like at the Front.
We'll shortly be publishing a review of this book, but on first impressions it looks very interesting.
The second book is Steel and Tartan: The 4th Cameron Highlanders in the Great War
During the First World War, The Cameron Highlanders was expanded to thirteen battalions, of which nine were in battle. The 1st, 2nd, 4th (TF), 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th and 11th Battalions all fought on the Western Front. Ten representative battle honours were chosen to be displayed on the King's colour, amongst them Neuve Chapelle and Loos, where the 4th Battalion suffered terrible losses. Note the (TF) after their designation – these were territorials, not professional soldiers, yet they did nothing to undermine the honour and the fearsome reputation of the Highland divisions.
Using unpublished diaries, letters and memoirs together with original photographs and newspaper accounts, this book focuses on the stories of the men of the 4th Camerons who went so eagerly to war in August 1914. It charts the progress of these ‘Saturday night soldiers’ through their training in Bedford with the Highland Division to their participation through all the major battles of 1915 and their disbandment in February 1916. What makes this book unique is the close focus on a single battalion, something that makes the narrative so much more immediate than sweeping strategic descriptions at army or even divisional level.
We hope to feature a review of this book soon.
In the meantime, we've arranged with The History Press that readers of this blog can order both these books for a combined price of £25 delivered (free postage and packing).
Simply visit the History Press website and use the discount code HPScot12
But hurry, this code is only valid until 1st July. Please also note that this offer applies to UK orders only.