By Schofield, VictoriaForeword by the Prince of Wales, Hrh
Originating as a group of men raised to keep 'watch' over the Anglo-Scottish border, formed into a regiment in 1739 and named for the dark tartan of its soldiers' kilts, the Black Watch has fought in almost every major conflict of nation and empire between 1745 and the present da...y. Victoria Schofield recounts the modern history of the Black Watch from the Boer War onwards, tracing its service in two world wars, the Korean war, the Mau Mau uprising, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Drawing on diaries, letters and memoirs, but also on interviews with living veterans from 1939 onwards, she weaves the multiple strands of the story into an epic narrative of a heroic body of officers and men over a century of history. In her sure hands, the story of the Black Watch is no arid recitation of campaigns, dates and battle honours, but a rewarding account of the fortunes of war of a remarkable institution - a modern-day chanson de geste recording and celebrating the deeds of a regiment that has played a unique role in British history.Read more
Victoria Schofield is a historian and commentator on international affairs, with special expertise on South Asia. Her published books include Kashmir in Conflict, The Highland Furies, The Black Watch, and The Fragrance of Tears: My Friendship with Benazir Bhutto. She has also contributed to numerous media outlets, including the Sunday Telegraph, The Times, Independent, and Spectator.
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