Book Review – Tyneside Scottish, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd (service) Battalions Northumberland Fusiliers

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This is a very interesting story, with many fine images through the text, all in monochrome.

One of the most curious aspects of the British Army is the nature of its units and their relationship. The basic regiments have been recruited from relatively small geographic areas, most frequently English Counties. In Scotland similar units were raised on much the same basis, although there was a clan element in several Scottish regiments. The result was that regiments often gave way to the particular fashions of the time and the likings of the Colonel. For some reason, several English regiments adopted kilts and include few if any Scots in their ranks. That may not in itself been so strange because the kilt and tartans was largely a romantic invention of the Victorians. The authors have traced the origins and formation of one of those kilted English regiments and its conduct in the Great War.

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