The author, Peter Waller, is a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive and that is the source of the majority of the pictures. The books are best considered as falling into the “photo collections with captions” type rather than detailed tramway histories, although they are certainly more than just picture books.
The Scotland book includes many original photos by the author’s father, Michael H. Waller. There are chapters on Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, plus a couple of pages on the new Edinburgh tramway. Glasgow, as you would expect being such a big system, gets nearly fifty pages.
At twenty-five pounds for a hardback book they are certainly value for money. These are good books, which I can thoroughly recommend and I keenly look forward to the future volumes.
Formed from members of Free Forces who had escaped from German occupation, 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando was one of the most unusual units in WW2. All members had to pass the Green Beret commando course at Achnacarry in Scotland and the book begins by describing this training. With no less than six national troops, plus X Troop drawn from exiled Jews, 10 Commando never fought as an entity but loaned troops for specific operations, such as One Troop (French) taking part in the Dieppe Raid, 2 Troop (Dutch) fighting at Arnhem, 5 Troop (Norwegian) raiding the Lofoten Islands etc. At other times groups played a key intelligence role questioning POWs, translating captured documents, conducting reconnaissance patrols and intelligence gathering on the D-Day beaches.