In January 1940, Ian Black goes with the 8th Argylls to fight at the Somme and in the rearguard action back towards St Valery while the main force escapes at Dunkirk. Many die and many more are taken prisoner ending up in Torun in Poland.
They are unprepared for the task set them with inadequate weapons and equipment, bumbling incompetence by the British goverment and High Command and a total lack of support from the French.
"C" Battalion 8th Argylls fight valiently at the Chateau of Belloy, down to about 150 men under the command of Capt J Inglis while around them are some 1500 German troops, well armed, with artillery and tanks. They hold out till the next day and then with their ammunition finished they reluctantly surrender.
The German commander expesses surprise at the small number of Highlanders.
"Are these all the men you have?" he asks Captain Inglis.
Read Highland Schottische. It is much more than a war story.