THE CARRYING OF CAMERAS IS FORBIDDEN.
One doctor, a thousand soldiers, the weight of the unstoppable German Army bearing down upon them – and plenty of time to break War Office orders by taking pictures as they fight.
Fred’s War tells the extraordinary story of the 1st Cameronians who achieved notoriety for selling the Great War’s earliest front line photographs, and Fred Davidson, their 25-year-old medical officer, one of the first doctors to win the Military Cross. His pictures are seen here for the first time, alongside those taken by his friend Lieutenant Robert Money and fellow officers.
Using a unique approach blending 250 original photographs with contemporary narrative, the author, Fred’s grandson, pieces together the story behind the pictures that have passed through his family for three generations: describing the men who fought with Davidson, the conditions they served in, the battles they saw and the horrors they witnessed.
From the parade ground at Glasgow’s Maryhill to the brothels of Armentières, the book offers an unusually intimate portrait of life among a band of brothers – the same men who later proudly dubbed themselves ‘Old Contemptibles’.
“Fred's War by Andrew Davidson includes remarkable photographs taken illegally in the trenches by an army doctor. His grandson has pieced together his story from pictures that have been in the family for three generations.”
“Told in a gripping style by his grandson Andrew, [Fred's War] paints an intimate snapshot of history that puts the Great War firmly into focus.”
“Using an inspired and original concept, [Andrew Davidson] blends 250 original photographs with a crisp, contemporary narrative to give us a new and amazingly intimate perspective on the danger, hardships and playful camaraderie of a dismal, deadly battlefront...If you only buy one book about the war, make it this one.”
THE CARRYING OF CAMERAS IS FORBIDDEN. One doctor, a thousand soldiers, the weight of the unstoppable German Army bearing down upon them – and plenty of time to break War Office orders by taking pictures as they fight. Fred’s War [...]