Probably the most famous, and certainly one of the oldest, regular army regiments in history is the Black Watch, as Britain’s Royal Highland Regiment is universally known. As John Parker notes in his lively anecdotal history Black Watch, the regiment’s story reads like a shorthand account of the British Empire. The Watch’s 162 battle honours represent a role in every major campaign since 1739. The regiment took Montreal in 1760, beat George Washington at New York in 1776 and Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, won eight Victoria Crosses during the 1857 Indian Mutiny, fought in many more half-forgotten colonial campaigns during the 19th century, and in both world wars and the Iraq conflicts. The regiment has affiliates all over the Commonwealth, the oldest of them being the Canadian Black Watch.
Tracing its origins back to 1862, the Canadian "
regiment has an equally stellar record in battles waged from Flanders to Normandy.
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