Scottish Military Disasters
Scotland's reputation as a nation proud of its military history betrays the fact that the past is littered with catastrophes and failures. Scotland's military history is testament to the fact that victories are always talked about and recorded, but disasters are quietly forgotten. In all, some 32 episodes of Scottish battlefield ineptitude are investigated.
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