I love this pic, not just for the subject matter but the fact that someone has put a poppy on him. Who is he exactly? Well this as a statue of Lt. Colonel Sir David Stirling the man behind arguably the most elite special military unit in the world. Stirling was also known as the “Phantom Major” - and he founded the Special Air Service at the height of WWII. Field Marshall Montgomery, who commanded the Allied forces in North Africa at the time, said, “The boy Stirling is quite mad, quite, quite mad. However, in a war there is often a place for mad people.” David Stirling was born November 15th 1915 the son of Brigadier Archibald Stirling of Keir and the Hon Margaret Fraser, 4th daughter of the 13th Baron Lovat. So he had a long pedigree in serving his country at times of need. At the outbreak of war he joined the Scots Guards but volunteered for the elite No 8 Commando unit and served in the Mediterranean. In North Africa in 1941, while recuperating from a parachute accident, he built on the idea of a small highly-trained special operations group attacking the Rommel’s long supply lines. When he failed to gain access to his commanding officer General Auchinleck to argue his case, he just slipped past the guard and walked in (on crutches) - “who dares wins,” indeed. If you are touring Scotland the very populat Doune Castle is very nearby and this monument is nearby and well worth a visit, it is located on top of a hill and it offers views over the hillsand mountains of Perthshire.
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