Remembering the fallen...

Belisarius

Forum Staff
Jun 2006
10,359
U.K.
Thanks for the praise but it should go to my friend Niall Ferguson who knows a bit about this stuff.
Something which i don't fully understand myself is the high casualties suffered by the Scots compared to the rest of the UK. The total killed as a percentage of those mobilised for the Scots was 26.4% compared to 11.8% for Britain as a whole, so why are the Scots dying at twice the rate? Were they more gung ho? or were they considered more expendable? Mabye you can shed some light here.:)
Not seen this breakdown before. I assume it's from "The Pity of War"? I've not read the book but does Ferguson postulate any theory about this?
 

galteeman

Ad Honorem
Apr 2008
2,198
Sodom and Begorrah
None that I recall but its a while since I read it fully. It comes from a table of stats in the book. The Serbs followed by the Turks were the only countries that suffered higher casualty rates than the Scots.