It hardly seems credible today that a nineteen-year-old boy, just
commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders, could lead a platoon of
men into the carnage of the Battle of the Somme. Or that, as the
machine gun bullets whistled past and shells exploded, he could
maintain his own morale to lead a platoon, keeping its discipline
and cohesion, in spite of desperate losses. Norman Collins, the
author of this superb memoir, was this remarkable man.Despite... more...