Life was grim for the legions of young soldiers who sustained injuries during the Great War.
The north and north-east was almost entirely spared any direct physical damage – beyond an “extraordinary and disgraceful” U-boat shelling that damaged St Kilda’s church and a rogue raid by a possibly lost Zeppelin which left craters in an Insch field and shattered several windows of a nearby castle.
Thousands of people from around Moray remembered the fallen as they flocked to services to commemorate Armistice Day in towns throughout the region.
It was the moment the end of one global horror came face-to-face with the height of another.
When Sir James Taggart, Lord Provost of Aberdeen, took to the townhouse balcony at midday on November 11, it was to hail a “glorious victory” that put the country “on the verge of peace”.
It is a part of north-east Scotland which was almost completely destroyed by the ravages of the Great War.
In the end it took just four brief sentences to inform those on the front line that there really was to be an end to four and a half years of war.
Once the guns and the shelling had been silenced and the war was over, one might have imagined that most of the combatants would have returned home in a matter of weeks.
The wartime diaries of a north-east soldier, only recently unearthed and rescued from oblivion, offer a fascinating insight into the final days of the conflict from the perspective of the frontline.
Watch actor Jack Elvey perform a dramatic monologue based on letters sent by Gordon Highlanders from the trenches
A few lucky children from schools across the north-east got the chance to visit a large-scale recreation of a First World War trench earlier this week.
By the autumn of 1918, many of the Allied combatants were weary of the endless slaughter and shelling which encapsulated their day-to-day lives in the Great War.
It was the global conflict that led to a lost generation and, in the words of Wilfred Owen, created an anthem for doomed youth.
A memorial to a First World War Victoria Cross hero was unveiled in his Highland birthplace yesterday.
Over 200 lives were lost when HMY Iolaire collided with rocks at the Beasts of Holm on January 1, 1919, in a tragedy that cut so deeply it was not publicly discussed by islanders for decades.
There are many commemorations to mark the centenary of the end of World War I across the north east in the days ahead.
They are words you will hear during almost every sporting contest.
On November 11, at 11am, people from across the globe people will fall silent to mark the end of the First World War.