PROUD HERITAGE: THE STORY OF THE HIGHLAND LIGHT INFANTRY. VOLUME ONE – THE 71ST H. L. I. 1777-1881.

Oatts, Lt.-Col. L. B.


£50.00




Vol. I of 4 only, complete in itself. 1st ed., 1952. Xvi + 256 pp., photo-frontis., + 4 cold., plates + 5 maps + large fldg., cold., chart. Green cloth; gilt armorial to front; 23cm x 16cm. Rear e.p., (blank) lacking, minor wear overall o/w V.G. This, the first of four volumes but complete in itself, tells the story of the 71st Highland Light Infantry from 1777 to 1881. The old Seventy First was raised in 1771 as the 73rd (Lord MacLeod’s) Highlanders, renumbered in 1786, converted into Light Infantry in 1809, and in 1881 linked with the 74th Highlanders to form the regiment which ever since has been called The Highland Light Infantry. Few regiments in the British Army have had such a fine record of service as the Seventy First. After taking part in the naval victory of Cape St Vincent the regiment distinguished itself during the second siege of Gibraltar and then went to India. During the Napoleonic Wars it helped to capture the Cape of Good Hope, took part in an unauthorised expedition (under the joint command of Admiral Popham and General Beresford) to South America, and won itself much glory in both Peninsular campaigns, on the Walcheren expedition, and at Waterloo. After various tours of duty in England, Scotland, Ireland, Canada and the West Indies, the regiment served in the Crimea, and afterwards returned to India to fight through several campaigns during and after the Indian Mutiny. Illustrated with coloured plates, maps and an attractive, coloured and folding chart.


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