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Canada's Black Watch

Falconer, Simon

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ISBN 10: 0864925212 / ISBN 13: 9780864925213
Published by Goose Lane, Fredericton New Brunswick CA, 2008
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An illustrated history of the Regular Force battalions of The Black Watch, the Royal Highland Regiment, 1951-1970. Brings together the colour and pageantry of the legendary regiment. 165 pages, color photos and illustrations throughout. Priority and internatoinal shipping may be extra; please inquire. Size: 10 1/2 x 8 1/2 ''. Bookseller Inventory # 75616

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Title: Canada's Black Watch

Publisher: Goose Lane, Fredericton New Brunswick CA

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

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Nothing brings to mind the romance and camaraderie of the army more than the Highland Regiments — arguably the most storied and well respected fighting units in the world. Among these soldiers, one regiment stands out above the others: The Black Watch, the Royal Highland Regiment.

In Canada, the Regular Force battalions of the Black Watch were formed during 1951 in response to the Cold War. Drawing on five reserve units based in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, and Nova Scotia, the Black Watch were first based in Aldershot, Nova Scotia, and then at CFB Gagetown, New Brunswick. The First and Second Battalions were stationed in Germany, fought in the Korean Conflict, and served as a peacekeeping force in Cyprus. Then, in 1970, the Regular Force Batallions were disbanded and the Black Watch reverted to a one-battalion Militia unit.

This illustrated history brings together the colour and pageantry of the Regular Force Battalions of this legendary regiment. Photographs of the soldiers, their commanding officers, bases, uniforms, badges, and medals bring to life the story of the thousands of men who trained for a war that never came.

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A parade of soldiers in kilts and sporrans, their spats shining white, red hackle prominent on their tams, and red sashes across their chests. At the head of the parade, the pipes and drums play with a stirring flare. Is there anything more romantic than a Highland Regiment?

In Canada, the Black Watch is the most storied and most famous of them all. Canada's Black Watch: An Illustrated History of the Regular Force Battalions 1951-1970 tells the story of these battalions. From their formation in 1951 in response to the Cold War to serving in Germany with NATO to serving in the Korean War to acting as United Nations peacekeepers in Cyprus, the whole story is here. The camaraderie is here as well. Evident in every page is their brotherhood and sense of family. In June 1970, the army downsized, and the two Battalions were disbanded. But that day did not dampen the memories or the experiences of The Black Watch. The brotherhood lives on.

This illustrated history brings together the colour and pageantry of these battalions and their affect on the country that it served so well.

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