As part of the D-Day 75 commemorations, a special play is bringing to life the powerful testimonies of five Normandy veterans for Edinburgh Fringe audiences next week. Bomb Happy tells the story of inexperienced young conscripts who find themselves part of one of the most dangerous operations of the Second World War ordinary young men in extraordinary circumstances.
A unique exhibition, Russia, Royalty and the Romanovs, is currently on display at the Palace of Holyrood House in Edinburgh. Exploring 300 years of contact between Britain and Russia from the late 17th Century through to Russia’s last emperor Nicholas II, works of art in the Royal Collection explore the bond through diplomacy, dynastic connections and alliances.
If you’ve visited Edinburgh Castle and seen the Honours of Scotland – Scotland’s crown jewels – you’ll know they are a breathtaking sight. The ornate sceptre was presented to James IV by Pope Alexander VI in 1494. The sword in an elaborate scabbard is also a rare survivor of a papal gift to a medieval monarch.
Remembrance, inexorably linked with the annual commemoration of Armistice and the red Flanders poppy, is still an integral part of our national character. Poignant sentiments expressed in November 1918 are, for so many, similarly relevant today.
As our series of excerpts from The Courier’s book A Scottish soldier’s story continues, we look at the Battle of the Somme. Early on the morning of July 1 1916, whistles were blown to signal the start of the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army. Men across Courier Country made the ultimate sacrifice.
On the morning of September 25 1915, long lines of khaki-clad British infantry advanced on heavily defended German positions in and around Loos, a small coalmining town in the heart of the industrial area of north-east France, says Dr Derek Patrick, University of St Andrews.