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The Story Of The Lovat Scouts: 1900-1980 with Contributions to 2000

The Story Of The Lovat Scouts: 1900-1980 with Contributions to 2000
Autor: Michael Leslie Melville
Data publikacji: 2008-03
ISBN: 9781904440031
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 14.5 x 1.5 x 21 cm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 260
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This unique Regiment of Scouts was raised by Lord Lovat in 1900, mainly from Highland stalkers. Valiant, hardy and unorthodox, they and their successors distinguished themselves in two world wars. In a variety of roles they were always superb in fieldcraft, spying and reconnaissance. Today they still exist proudly in the Northern Isles. Their story is now told for the first time with eye-witness accounts of their exciting exploits and also of many strange and amusing incidents. Written with realism, humour and affection, this unusual book is a living contribution to Highland history. Michael Ian Leslie Melville1918 - 1977 was educated at Eton, read Agriculture at Balliol, and served in the Lovat Scouts from 1936 to 1951. A Chartered Surveyor, he managed land from the Highlands to the Borders and farmed near Selkirk. He married Cynthia Hambro and had three children and five grandchildren. Mike was a countryman with a keen knowledge of trees and birds who loved Scotland. He involved himself in all field sports and particularly fox hunting, and deer) stalking. He was a deputy lieutenant for Ettrick and Lauderdale and a Member of the Royal Company of Archers.

This book written from the diaries of the author tells of the history of this unique regiment from its inception at the turn of the 19th century and is a 'must' for anyone interested in the Highlands and its people in the 20t century. The poor referencing and the omission of the names of 'other ranks' do spoil it somewhat for me. It is a pity further research was not done to put some "meat on the bones" particularly in respect of WW2. Nevertheless it is one of my favourite books. There are few prewar (i.e. pre WW2) Scouts left now and in fact I was privileged to receive a letter from one only last week (Dec. 2014) who is ninety five years old and still active and driving to shop in the nearest town. Perhaps the book could have done more to emphasise the very special bonds that linked these mainly Highland and usually Gaelic speaking men, but who amongst us is not guilty of similar 'crimes'? It was not a bond that was drilled into the Scouts by military discipline but one which occurred naturally , born out of respect for each other and from the brotherhood of Gaelic speaking Highlanders


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