This German Field Manual was found by my grandfather and namesake William Campbell in a German artillery dug-out near Flesquieres in Northern France on 20 November 1917 when he was 20 years old. The picture shows the cover, personal information and details of where and when it was found, and two pages of the document, annotated by a German soldier.
It reminds us that we always send our young men into battle and subject them to mankind's greatest horrors.
His own inscription in his neat hand (despite the conditions) tells of the close ties between Scottish communities and their local regiments, and his pride in being an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander. He refers to the Eighth Battalion three times. He was to retain his association with his regiment for the remaining 50 years of his life.
As a Campbell twice over (both parents being Campbells by birth) his tie to Argyll was particularly strong, although he spent his life in Dumbarton in the neighbouring county.
The manual itself, with its detailed instructions for the use of field weaponry and its mathematical precision shows how far a technological and scientific approach to warfare had already developed.