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BCarp
12-03-2014, 12:20 PM
Many of you have probably seen it. I just love this photograph on so many levels: the kilts, the mud, the exhaustion (but still the swagger!), the poor blighter sitting alongside the road... and the piper playing in the midst of utter desolation....

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John of Phoenix
12-03-2014, 12:32 PM
Great photo.

The bagpipes would just magnify the misery for some but I'm sure it was a comfort for those men.

paulf
12-03-2014, 12:37 PM
Tunes of Glory! Alec Guinness great old movie.

ron ll
12-03-2014, 12:37 PM
Gawd. My life has been soooo easy.

bamamick
12-03-2014, 01:17 PM
Don't know how practical the kilts were in that environment, though no doubt a source of great pride to the Scots.

I read a story once about a kilted regiment in South Africa during the Boer War who got pinned down for along time by Boers out in the open. A lot of the men suffered severe sunburn on the backs of their legs because of the kilts. Sounds painful. Less painful than a Mauser bullet, but still....

Mickey Lake

Rich Jones
12-03-2014, 01:24 PM
I've read that the pipers suffered huge losses, matching forward into German machine gun fire, something soldiers had never experienced before WWI.

BCarp
12-03-2014, 03:57 PM
Don't know how practical the kilts were in that environment, though no doubt a source of great pride to the Scots.

I read a story once about a kilted regiment in South Africa during the Boer War who got pinned down for along time by Boers out in the open. A lot of the men suffered severe sunburn on the backs of their legs because of the kilts. Sounds painful. Less painful than a Mauser bullet, but still....

Mickey Lake

Here you go - Boer War kilties! They do look mighty hot (and the laddie on the left has had enough for the moment!)....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v290/BCarp/SOUTHAFRICANSCOTTISH_zpscb3b6e4e.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/BCarp/media/SOUTHAFRICANSCOTTISH_zpscb3b6e4e.jpg.html)

Boater14
12-03-2014, 04:15 PM
The Ladies From Hell

Paul Pless
12-03-2014, 04:20 PM
Gawd. My life has been soooo easy.same here

WX
12-03-2014, 05:08 PM
I did read somewhere that the kilt was discontinued as part of the uniform in WW1 after a unit suffered severe losses in no man's land. The sight of the bodies with kilts in disarray was bad for morale.

WX
12-03-2014, 05:12 PM
I may be wrong with the above, the reason may have been more of a practical nature.

The Highland Regiments wore the kilt in WW1 but by 1918, were moving toward battledress trousers because of mustard gas and plain common sense.

bobbys
12-03-2014, 05:17 PM
It had to be spooky to be a German in a trench listening to Bagpipes as they charged you.

varadero
12-04-2014, 02:46 AM
My Grand father 1916. Argyl and Sutherland Highlanders.

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varadero
12-04-2014, 02:55 AM
The A&SH Boer war memorial at Stirling Castle.

http://m4.i.pbase.com/o6/54/745054/1/82396934.gLqTWIEx.StirlingCastle_03_BW_2684.jpg

bamamick
12-04-2014, 08:20 AM
A handsome lad, to be sure. Very uncomfortable looking uniform, unless you were assigned to somewhere cold.

Mickey Lake

devout
12-04-2014, 11:35 AM
Strange things happen in life. My ancestors fought against the British (and of course, the Scots) during the Boer war. Quite a few (many more women and children than men, sadly) were lost. Yet I spent two years as infantry platoon sergeant with the First Battalion Transvaal Scottish in the eighties. Whore the kilt, sporran and tam 'o shanter. My grandparents would roll over in their graves...

Here is their facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/Transvaal.Scottish.Regiment


Interestingly, Bcarp's photo in #7 also appears there.

Dave Hadfield
12-04-2014, 01:43 PM
In my family we too are very aware that we have had it easy. My Father's generation, mine, and now my son's (he's 28) have not had to go to war.

We lost men in both World Wars, and suffered family break-up as well. The effects are still felt.

But it's a great photo. There's nothing like the pipes. I remember experiencing that first hand as a kid, marching along as an Air Cadet after a long tiring hot day at Camp, when a piper going to some event or other on the Base swung in front of us and played. All of us boys perked up, found new energy, and swung right along. I remember noticing the change, and remarking on it.

Dave

Dave

BCarp
12-04-2014, 06:34 PM
Strange things happen in life. My ancestors fought against the British (and of course, the Scots) during the Boer war. Quite a few (many more women and children than men, sadly) were lost. Yet I spent two years as infantry platoon sergeant with the First Battalion Transvaal Scottish in the eighties. Whore the kilt, sporran and tam 'o shanter. My grandparents would roll over in their graves...

Here is their facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/Transvaal.Scottish.Regiment


Interestingly, Bcarp's photo in #7 also appears there.

Thanks for that link! I had the photo saved and mislabled as being from the Boer War. The SMLE Enfield rifles should've been a clue...!