The British regular army in the form of the 'Old Contemptibles' of the B.E.F have proved no match in numbers-if not in spirit-to the challenges of a Great War in Europe. More men were needed and Lord Kitchener's finger, pointing out from the recruiting poster, made that appeal directly and simply. A 'New Army' had to be quickly formed. It would not be a professional army, but one formed of citizens who would rally to the cause-ready to do their 'bit'-because their country needed them. Ian Hay Beith has written two of the classic accounts of the first of these volunteer amateur soldiers and they are brought together in this Leonaur book. They provide an invaluable insight into the training and battlefield field experiences of a 'new' Highland regiment from its early encounters of trench warfare to the 'Big Push' at Loos and on to the Somme. What makes them most memorable is the author's skill in bringing to life its cast of characters from Captain Wagstaffe and Lt. Bobby Little to a company of irrepressible 'Jocks' including Mucklewame, Tosh, Cosh, Buncle, Nigg and others. Created in the midst of the tragedies of the Western Front here is a well executed and readable account filled with wry humour. Those familiar with the fictitious 'MacAuslin' will find much to satisfy them in its pages.