Mitchell Library

Ruaraidh G. MacIlleathain (Roddy Maclean) - Cha Till Mise

Ruaraidh G. MacIlleathain (Roddy Maclean) - Cha Till Mise
£6.72 (£6 ticket charge plus £0.72 booking fee)
Dates and times
27th May 2023
7:45PM - 8:45PM
Adult, Over 14s only. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Nuair a bha Ruaraidh G MacIlleathain a' fàs suas ann an Glaschu anns na seasgadan, chanadh a mhàthair ris gach 31 Dùbhlachd, 'Chaidh Daibhidh a chall air na Russian Convoys' – dìreach na faclan sin. B' e co-ogha dha mhàthair a bha ann an Daibhidh. Bha e 22 bliadhna a dh'aois.


B' e an aon fhiosrachadh a bha aig an teaghlach gun deach soitheach Dhaibhidh, HMS Achates, fodha ann am Muir Bharents, 31 Dùbhlachd 1942. Cha d' fhuair iad a-mach a-riamh dè thachair dhan a' bhalach òg à Bhatarnais san Eilean sgitheanach. An deach a bhàthadh? An deach a mharbhadh le slige Ghearmailteach? Ach, a-nis, an dèidh rannsachadh agus thurchartasan iongantach, gabhaidh sgeulachd Dhaibhidh innse.


Tha an leabhar seo a' toirt sùil mhionaideach air na conbhoidhean dhan Ruis, agus mun ghaisgeach a bha ri fhaicinn ann am Blàr Mhuir Bharents, a' mhadainn ud ann an 1942.

Cha Till Mise (‘I will not return’) is a splendidly researched and grippingly presented history in Gaelic of the Arctic Convoys of 1941–45.

Ruaraidh G. MacIlleathain has gathered material to give a detailed and illuminating analysis of the Russian Convoys. He tells of the commodores who came out of retirement, risking their lives to navigate convoys to Murmansk and Archangel; the doctors who diced with death, jumping from one ship to another in rough seas to administer crucial medical aid; the astonishing behaviour of Adolf Hitler belittling his Kriegsmarine admirals and captains, making them reticent to engage with the Royal Navy in December 1942; the rescue ships which pulled freezing survivors from the ice-cold Arctic waters. Cha Till Mise shares the story of those who, despite their fears, sailed in these convoys.

Enlightening, entertaining and informative, MacIlleathain’s new book offers new and fascinating insights into the Arctic Convoys of World War Two. As a writer with a detailed knowledge of the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, he offers a fresh perspective of the places and ports round which these vessels sailed, showing how much those on board suffered and endured.

'S e tachartas dà-chànanach a bhios seo, air a lìbhrigeadh sa Ghàidhlig agus sa Bheurla. This will be a bilingual event presented in both Gaelic and English.

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