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    Quote Originally Posted by brilor View Post


    [FONT="]Battle of the Somme: Scotland's Holocaust[/FONT]
    [FONT="]Prior to the outbreak of WW1, socialism was starting to sweep the country. Home rule movements had sprung up in Ireland and Scotland and the Scottish home rule movement was every bit as big as the Irish. The Scots had experienced over 100 years of the Highland Clearances which drove families off the land, many emigrating and many ending up in Glasgow’s whe[/FONT][FONT="]re the population grew enormously.
    When war broke out, the Scots set aside their ambitions of home rule and either volunteered like sheep to fight, or were pressured into signing up by their Highland landlords. Many Scots were so undernourished that they had to be sent to fattening up camps to get them fit enough to fight

    The government encouraged young men to volunteer in “Pals Battalions.” Men from the same village, street, workplace or club would sign up together and fight together. This had a devastating effect on communities where some villages and streets lost all their young men in one action. The British government also made sure that the Scots, who they considered troublemakers and expendable, were utilised in any heavy fighting. Consequently the Scots lost a disproportionate number of soldiers, some 200,000 by the end of WW1 out of a total British and Commonwealth losses of just under a million. This equates to 10% of the male population of Scotland... and a similar number were permanently disabled. No other allied nation experienced proportionate losses as high as the Scots and when the war was over the threat of Scottish Home Rule was gone for generations.
    The “War to end all Wars” proved to be a fallacy and there was no promised “land fit for heroes” as many of the disabled soldiers ended up in the poor house. Conditions were as bad as ever and Churchill sent tanks into Glasgow to break a workers strike.
    The population of the Highlands was decimated as the war finally finished off what the Clearances set out to do. By the time of the 1921 census, the female population of Scotland outnumbered the male population by 185,000.[/FONT]
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