Supreme Sacrifice : A Small Village and the Great War

by Walter Reid

Supreme Sacrifice : A Small Village and the Great War

A unique perspective on World War I as seen through the experience of servicemen from one small village

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‘a superbly researched book, and a very effectively organised and beautifully written one … serves as a worthy reminder of the sacrifice of the 72 men who died; and an excellent history of the war itself’ – Undiscovered Scotland

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.

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. His most recent book is Keeping the Jewel in the Crown: The British Betrayal of India.


ISBN: 9781780273501

Format: PB

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , Glasgow and Clyde