The Dorset Highlander - John EastwoodWinterbourne Press, 1988, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “They were the “bottom of the pot”, the last reinforcements for the struggling armies on the Continent. Second-Lieutenant John Maxwell trains his platoon of eighteen-year-old Highlanders in the Scottish hills, far from his Dorset home. All of them know they are destined for embarkation leave and immediate drafting to the Front as soon as their battle-training is over. An unexpected twist of fate saves Maxwell from the Battle of the Ardennes. He falls deeply in love with a VAD, but is still resolved to join the men of his old platoon, now fighting with the Highland Division in the Reichswald. Eventually, he succeeds, and is plunged immediately into a carnage which some of his comrades do not survive. The Rhine is crossed, and the Highlanders fight on into the plains of Germany. At the back of Maxwell’s mind lies the anguish of his love for Catriona, but when the War ends there is a surprising denouement.”