Black Watch : The Inside Story of the Oldest Highland Regiment in the British Army, Paperback Book

Black Watch : The Inside Story of the Oldest Highland Regiment in the British Army Paperback

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The Black Watch is one of the finest fighting forces in the world and has been engaged in virtually every worldwide conflict for the last three centuries.

Named after the dark tartan of the soldiers' kilts, it is the oldest Highland regiment.

As part of the British army, their first battle abroad was in Flanders in 1745 but the regiment soon moved to North America to fight the French, and then shared the capture of Montreal, the Windward Islands and Martinique.

The American War of Independence saw the regiment once again in America, fighting horrific battles and eventually storming Fort Washington in 1776.

Since then the regiment has held its own from the Napoleonic Wars to the Indian mutiny to Iraq.

The Black Watch is the UK's most decorated regiment, combining the proud history and tradition of an organisation that has been soldiering for over 250 years.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages, 16pp b/w photos
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Regiments
  • ISBN: 9780755313495



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I initially had high hopes for this book, but was sorely disappointed. The writing is flat and the description of most events is superficial. I did enjoy the chapters which contained excerpts of letters from the two Stewart brothers who served as officers in WW I. The portion concerning the North African campaigns were good. Overall, you would be better off going to wikipedia to get detailed information on the various battles. I did this to get information on the battle of Magersfontein of the Boers Wars. Wiki was much more informative.