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Scotland earned its 'brave' title

IN every war in which Britain has participated since 1707, Scotland has made a military contribution greatly above its fair share. This is never mentioned by historians.

In the First World War, at the Battle of Arras, 38 Scottish battalions went over the parapets, a larger number then engaged than in the whole British Army at Waterloo. At the Third Battle of Ypres three Scottish Divisions were put in several times.

In 1917, a South African artilleryman remarked: "We always knew there was something big on when we found the Jocks near us."

DONALD J MACLEOD

Aberdeen

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