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Edinburgh in the Great War (Paperback)

Local History WWI British History Social History Towns & Cities in the Great War 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918

By Derek Tait
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Towns & Cities in the Great War
Pages: 141
ISBN: 9781473828100
Published: 6th December 2016

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When news of the war broke out in 1914, nothing could prepare the citizens of Edinburgh for the changes that would envelop their city over the next four years.

The story of Edinburgh in the Great War is both an interesting and intriguing one. This book covers this historic city's involvement from the commencement of the Great War in July 1914, to the Armistice in November 1918, describing in great detail what happened to the city and its people, including their everyday lives, entertainment, spies and the internment of aliens living within the city.

Edinburgh played a key role in the deployment of troops to Northern Europe as well as supplying vital munitions. Local men responded keenly to recruitment drives, and thousands of soldiers were billeted in the city before being sent off to fight the enemy overseas. The city also played a vital role in caring for the many wounded soldiers who returned home from the Front.

The effect of the war on Edinburgh was great. By the end of the conflict, there wasn't a family in the city who hadn't lost a son, father, nephew, uncle or brother. There were tremendous celebrations in the streets as the end of the war was announced, but the effects of the conflict lasted for years to come.

Edinburgh in the Great War features many forgotten news stories of the day and includes a considerable collection of rare photographs, which were last seen in newspapers nearly 100 years ago.

As featured in

Evergreen, Spring 2018

As featured in

History Scotland, May 2017

This local history is well written and features a wealth of rare period photographs, last seen a hundred years ago.

Good local history. 10/10

The Great War magazine, March 2017 - reviewed by Mark Marsay

As featured in

History Scotland, January 2017
 Derek Tait

About Derek Tait

Derek Tait is a full-time author who lives in Plymouth. Born in 1961, he lived his early years in Singapore and Malaysia and has written several books about his time there, including 'Sampans, Banyans and Rambutans'. A former photographer and cartoonist, his work has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. A keen historian, his books include '1950s Childhood,' 'A 1970s Childhood,' 'Butlins An Illustrated History' and 'Houdini the British Tours' as well as many books in the 'Through Time' series for Amberley Publishing.He has also written many local history books including 'Plymouth,' 'Plymouth at War,' 'Saltash Passage,' 'St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Hoe,' 'Mount Edgcumbe,' 'Saltash,' 'Memories of St Budeaux,' 'Plymouth Tales From the Past' and 'Images of Plymouth.

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