By William McElwee

On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into lifestyles Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even sooner than their legit incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely unbelievable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - that they had by no means even served jointly within the related theatre. but, as heritage has proven, this not going blend proved to be an incredible good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most famed of regiments which has served with contrast in international battle I (1914-1918), global struggle II (1939-1945), and beyond.

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6 haversack to back up hiS sabre. as depicted heftI. Note the later pallem shako, which had a leather top and band and lapes to tJe under the wearer's chm In Windy weather. HIS Jacket. wmgs. sash, sword belt and sabre are al standard Light Infantry Items. F2: Private, 85th (Bucks Volunteers) Ughl Infantry ThiS sokller of the 8511'1 IS loading hiS musket. Note the marIQngs on hiS knapsack; the IntElflor of hiS cartndge pouch; and hiS light Infantry waIst belt. F3: Private, Calabrian Free Corps F4: Private, Italian levy A 'Light Brigade' was part of an Allied force operating in south-eastern Spain by 18t3.

He carnes the cane common to all infantry sergeants: until recently these had frequently been used to strike soldiers who were insubordinate or slow to learn. ThiS practice was eJlpressly forbidden by Colonel Mackenzie, who also discouraged profanity and sarcasm on the drill squam. 83: Private, 520d (Odordshlre) Light Infantry Beside the subaltern is a meruit, who has completed the 'nght about face', Note the fetlQue dress In whICh he anends drill; and the mamer In whICh hiS shako IS tilled over hiS nght eye, the mark of a 'Itght bob'.

Scarcely had it landed when it was caught up in ~Ioon:~'s retreat upon the port, and the battle to cO\'er the embarkation of the army. Moore had been colonel of the 51 Sl, who were boarding ships as he was being buried, Once more in England, the regiment received orders transforming it into a 'light infanlJ)" corps' in May 1809, but had linle time to exercise in the new role bdore being sent as part oran expeditinnall' force to thc Scheldl in August. The malarial marshes of Walcheren did more dalnage to the 51 Sl than ;,ny enemy thc)' faced 1here, and the recurring '\\'alcheren fever' continued for years al'1crwards to lay low the officers and men who had served there, 13>' OelOber 1809 lhe regiment was considered 'nt for sen'ice' once again, bllt it was to be jal1l1<111' 181l before the 51st began the journey to Portugal to join Wellingtoll's ;mlly.

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