Get it up Ypres! Verdun adds Scottish squad

Scottish soldiers have arrived in World War 1 FPS Verdun [official site] and I’ve got nothing fancy to say about that, okay. As RPS’s junior Scottish correspondent, I feel pressure in matters concerning the country I’ve grown to love and I don’t want to blow it. I can swim in lochs, watch Still Game, and sing along to Sunshine on Leith but it won’t stop people being visibly horrified by how I mispronounce e.g. Milngavie. So look, Scottish soldiers are now on the virtual battlefield and I think they look jolly smart, thank you very much.

The developers say in today’s announcement:

“The Scottish were no stranger to war, and when the call to arms came in 1914, a relatively large number of Scottish young men eagerly joined the ranks of the British in Belgium. Wearing their traditional kilts, they performed many aggressive scouting maneuvers, often finding themselves in the thick of savage battles such as Loos and Arras. They suffered a staggering number of casualties as a result, but were nevertheless undeterred and soon earned the nicknamed the ‘ladies from hell’.”

And what lovely ladies they are! They’re similarly scout-y in Verdun, and armed with the Pattern 1914 Enfield bolt-action rifle. Have a gander:

Scotland: it certainly does exist. I can say that safely. That mangling of ‘Ypres’ ↑ does nothing for my credibility amongst French-speakers though.

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11 Comments

  1. Hatman says:

    I’m Glaswegian and called it “Mullgavy” just last week, don’t feel too bad.

    • KingJoff39 says:

      I still remember the first time I saw it written down somewhere and thought it was some nonsense village from up north. Wasn’t until I heard it over the tannoy at the train station that it finally clicked.

      • Kaeoschassis says:

        I’m from way up north myself and this is the first I’ve even HEARD of it. If it were up here I’m pretty confident it’d be pronounced how it’s spelled, I take it it’s not?

        God dammit our country is daft…

    • G_Man_007 says:

      I made that mistake when I first came up here. Now I’m all “Millguy”, “Wishy” and “Koocudbrie”. I was shocked to find Govan was a real place, but sad that Craiglang wasn’t…

    • jeeger says:

      When starting the WHW, I was told it’s pronounced “Mulngee”. Is that close?

  2. 3man says:

    Wha’s like us?

    Damn few an’ they’re a’ deid.

  3. Biggus_Dikkus says:

    eleven

  4. int says:

    Weel mounted on his grey mare, Meg,
    A better never lifted leg,
    Tam skelpit on thro’ dub and mire,
    Despising wind, and rain, and fire;
    Whiles holding fast his gude blue bonnet;
    Whiles crooning o’er some auld Scots sonnet;
    Whiles glow’ring round wi’ prudent cares,
    Lest bogles catch him unawares:
    Kirk-Alloway was drawing nigh,
    Whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry.

  5. disconnect says:

    YPRES
    YPRES
    YPRES FUCKIN GO

  6. DarkMalice says:

    If yur no playin’ wi’ the pronounciation oav it, ye’ve no goat a grasp of the patter, hen. Ma wife’s fae Mul n’ gavvy. By the way.

    Trainspotting 2’s going to have us posting phonetically all over the place, don’t you think?

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