18th-Century Highlanders (Men-at-Arms, Volume 261) by Stuart Reid

By Stuart Reid

The recent forty third Regiment shaped in 1739 not just wore bonnets, yet had brief jackets instead of coats, and belted plaids rather than breeches. as well as their firelocks and bayonets they have been armed with Scots broadswords, pistols and dirks. within the early days some of them will even have carried round shields or goals. The British military used to be by no means to be an identical back. Stuart Reid explores the background, garments and gear of the 18th-century Highland regiments, in a textual content complemented by way of a large number of images and illustrations, together with complete color plates.

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At the moment we are part of the Army reserve – and high time – we have already lost 50 in the company. It shouldn’t be allowed to continue much longer otherwise the burden will be really heavy. We normally have four men on the [anti-tank] gun, but for two days at a particularly dangerous point, we only had two. The others are wounded. Another Landser wrote: ‘Any fool knows you have to have losses, you can’t make omelettes without breaking eggs, but we were going to fight on to victory. Besides, if any of us did stop a bullet, it would be a hero’s death.

On 19 January the Battalion’s last remaining officer, a platoon commander of 7 Company, launched a final desperate counterthrust and led the last 13 men of the Battalion to their death. ’ I I B a t t a l i o n ’s s t a n d a t Ve r k h n e – G o l u b a y a , November 1942 When a pocket is formed the situation of the encircled forces is usually confused. The individual units are temporarily on their own, facing almost insurmountable difficulties. In such situations a determined and resourceful leader who does not hesitate to improvise and resort to ruses will be able to inflict heavy losses on the enemy, gain valuable time and preserve the combat strength of his unit for further action.

Gallen, Switzerland, after the war, stayed at the operating table to the last minute, then he and his crew directed the loading of the patients onto the sleds that arrived. The enemy had already established itself in another part of the village. The dressing station was under machine-gun fire. When the last wounded had been taken away to safety, our crew retreated. The surgeon was the last German soldier to leave the place. The German Flak guns, which had taken positions in the valley, took the village under fire and held the enemy back long enough for the operating group and the patients to reach a fairly safe place.

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