Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders by William McElwee, Michael Roffe

By William McElwee, Michael Roffe

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into life Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even ahead of their professional incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely unbelievable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - they'd by no means even served jointly within the comparable theatre. but, as heritage has proven, this not going blend proved to be an incredible luck. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in international wars and past.

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The tactical conceptions of both commanders had been formed in forty years of peaceful manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain and made no allowance for the mobility, fieldcraft, marksmanship and general wiliness of Boer farmers; and their troops paid a heavy penalty. Light-heartedly assuming that the bridge over the Modder River was undefended, Methuen got his whole force pinned down under devastatingly accurate fire from concealed positions on the far bank. Thanks to two intrepid subalterns, who waded the river waist-deep and formed a hand-to-hand chain behind them, the whole of the 91st did get across.

In J u n e 1944 the new 93rd, in its first action, stubbornly retained its position in the face of sustained German attacks when almost surrounded, refusing to accept an order to come back until its authenticity had been checked beyond doubt. C. and served as Adjutant in that 'other 93rd' in the First World War; and the reconstituted battalion could ask for no finer testimonial than this tribute from him. The Latest Ghapter For the Regiment the most important consequence of victory was the final disappearance of the 93rd which had so often risen triumphant from its ashes.

Collectors of militaria, war-gamers, and historians will find no other series of books which describe the dress of each unit so-comprehensively. The series will range widely in time and terrain, with a special effort to include some of the lesser-known armies from other lands. About twelve titles will be published each year. S. S. MARINE CORPS John Selby BLUCHER'S ARMY Peter Young THE COSSACKS Albert Seaton THE ROYAL ARTILLERY W. Y. Carman T H E ENGLISH CIVIL WAR ARMIES Peter Young RUSSIAN ARMY OF 1812 Albert Seaton THE KING'S REGIMENT Alan Shepperd THE PANZER DIVISIONS Martin Windrow MONTCALM'S ARMY Martin Windrow WELLINGTON'S PENINSULAR ARMY James Lawford 30TH PUNJABIS James Lawford WILLIAM McELWEE, MC, TD, FRSL, was educated at Sedbergh, and Christ Church Oxford.

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