By Victoria Schofield
As the oldest of the Highland Regiments, The Black Watch has an enviable roster of conflict Honours and a mystique born of repeated carrier on behalf of King, Queen and nation.
On the energy of her acclaimed biography of box Marshal Earl Wavell, the regimental trustees commissioned Victoria Schofield to put in writing this, the 1st quantity of her magisterial background of the The Black Watch, and feature absolutely cooperated along with her as she strains the tale of the Regiment from its early 18th-century beginnings via to the eve of the South African battle on the finish of the 19th-century.
Originating as businesses of highland males raised to maintain a 'watch' over the Highlands of Scotland, they have been shaped right into a regiment in 1739. Its infantrymen might cross directly to struggle with striking bravery and élan in nearly each significant engagement fought via the British military in this interval, from the yankee battle of Independence, the Peninsular Wars, Waterloo, the Crimea, Indian Mutiny to Egypt and the Sudan.
Drawing on diaries, letters and memoirs, Victoria Schofield skilfully weaves the a number of strands of this tale into an epic narrative of a valiant physique of officials and males over one-and-a-half centuries. In her definite fingers, the tale of The Black Watch isn't any arid recitation of campaigns, dates and conflict honours, yet is as a substitute a wealthy and compelling checklist of the soldier's adventure lower than fireplace and on crusade. it's also a party of the deeds of a regiment that has performed a distinct function in British background and a vibrant perception into the lives of the numerous notable figures who've marched and fought so proudly lower than its Colours.
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The Highland Furies: The Black Watch 1739-1899 by Victoria Schofield