Supreme Sacrifice

A Small Village and the Great War

Walter Reid

 
Date Published :
October 2016
Publisher :
Birlinn
Editor :
Walter Reid
Contributor(s) :
Walter Reid, Paul Birch, Gordon Masterton
Illustration :
8pp b/w plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781780273501
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 7.7 X 5.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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The war memorial in the Scottish village of Bridge of Weir lists 72 men who died during the First World War. Their deaths occurred in almost every theatre of the war. They were awarded very few medals and their military careers were not remarkable - except in the important respect that they, like countless other peaceful civilians, answered their country's call in its time of need. This book follows the lives of these sons of Bridge of Weir, not just as soldiers, sailors and airmen, but as husbands, fathers, sons, brothers and members of a small local community which felt their loss intensely. At the same time it also paints a larger picture of the war - of the politicians and generals and military campaigns which shaped it. The brave men of Bridge of Weir know little of the wider context - their experience was of the little histories in which they fought and died. Readers of this book will understand what the 72 never knew: why and how the war was fought that claimed their lives.

About The Author
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Walter Reid studied at the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. He has written a number of acclaimed books of military and political history, including Churchill: Under Friendly Fire and Empire of Sand How Britain Made the Middle East.

Walter Reid studied at the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. He has written a number of acclaimed books of military and political history, including Churchill: Under Friendly Fire and Empire of Sand How Britain Made the Middle East.

Walter Reid studied at the universities of Oxford and Edinburgh. He has written a number of acclaimed books of military and political history, including Churchill: Under Friendly Fire and Empire of Sand How Britain Made the Middle East.

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