And somehow this just seems appropriate for the day even though it’s concerns a Scotsman…
Note the scoped Enfield. IWM image colorized by Doug Ralston
A sniper from “C” Company, 5th Battalion, The Black Watch, 51st (Highland) Division, in position in the loft space of a ruined building in Gennep, Holland, 14th February 1945
Source: Happy Valentine’s Day from the Black Watch
May the new one be even better than the one just ended…
Accompanied by their pipers, Scottish troops congregate outside their huts to cheer and raise their bonnets on New Years Day. Dressed in their kilts and Tam O’Shanter hats, these soldiers would have been resting in billet huts behind the front line. The wooden platforms that were used to bridge the mud and puddles between the huts can also be seen. It is highly likely that this image would have been used in an attempt to raise morale back in the UK. Publishing photographs of happy, smiling soldiers while they are on leave from the trenches and during the festive period, would have established the sort of unquestioning climate desired by the authorities. [Original reads: ‘BRITISH OFFICIAL PHOTO FROM THE WESTERN FRONT. Happy Scottish troops on New Year’s Day.’]
Merry Christmas Eve to the other Martini-Henry fans out there along with everyone else!
Happy Thanksgiving my fellow Americans!