Highlander: The History of the Legendary Highland Soldier

Highlander: The History of the Legendary Highland Soldier

by Tim Newark


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Acclaimed historian Tim Newark tells the story of the Highlanders through the words of the soldiers themselves, from diaries, letters, and journals uncovered from archives in Scotland and around the world. At the Battle of Quebec in 1759, only a few years after their defeat at Culloden, the 78th Highlanders faced down the French guns and turned the battle. At Waterloo, High- landers memorably fought alongside the Scots Greys against Napoleon’s feared Old Guard. In the Crimea, the thin red line stood firm against the charging Russian Hussars and saved the day at Balaclava.

Yet this story is also one of betrayal. At Quebec, General Wolfe remarked that, despite the Highlanders’ courage, it was “no great mischief if they fall.” At Dunkirk in May 1940, the 51st Regiment was left to defend the SOE evacuation at St Valery; though following D-Day, the Highlanders were at the forefront of the fighting through France. It is all history, now: Over the last decade the historic regiments have been dismantled, despite widespread protest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510706507
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 08/23/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 192,337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tim Newark is an acclaimed historian, journalist, and author. He's written seventeen works of military history and other nonfiction, has contributed book reviews to the Financial Times, Time Out, and the Daily Telegraph, and has worked as a scriptwriter and consultant for seven television documentary series for the History Channel and BBC Worldwide. He lives in England.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Introduction ix

Acknowledgements xi

Map xiii

Prologue: 'Run ye dogs!' 1

1 Making Hard Men 13

2 A Highland Mafia 28

3 Loyal and Rebellious 41

4 American Adventures 54

5 Vengeance at Seringapatam 67

6 Scotland For Ever 80

7 Fashionably Violent 93

8 The Thin Red Streak 106

9 Six VCs in One Day 119

10 New York Highlanders 131

11 Scandal in the Desert 145

12 Shoulder to Shoulder with Gurkhas 159

13 Khaki Aprons 172

14 World-wide Highlanders 184

15 Vengeance for St Valery 197

16 Mutiny and Victory 212

17 Hollywood Highlanders 224

18 Cold War Highlanders 236

19 Highlanders Betrayed 248

Appendix: Highlander Victoria Cross Winners 262

Notes 266

Bibliography 283

Index 290

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