Lord George Robertson of Port Ellen KT GCMG FRSE PC, Honorary Regimental Colonel, The London Scottish Regiment
Guards and London Scottish at Mieli at the foot of Monte Camino
Secretary of State for Defence 1997 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO 1999 to 2003
This book is remarkable and quite unique; a memoire where, through Sergeant Robert Souter’s eyes and pen, we see the truly human side of military service in wartime.
Some aspects of conflict we already know – the grimness, the fatigue, the death and destruction. But there is another side – the camaraderie, the intense humanity, the team spirit and bonding, the compassion and the real humour – all the special mark of the British Army.
After being marched away from Stalag 383 British Tommies offering tea to an emaciated barefoot Russian prisoner.
The loyalty to the Regiment shines through in these works and that loyalty is retained to this day among those, who have had the experience and privilege of serving in it. As I have come to know and to feel, in my time with the London Scottish, it is a very special band of brothers – and this book is a wonderful tribute to some of its finest characteristics.