1st ed., 1968. 136 pp., photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. In 1881 two previously independent regiments, the 49th and the 66th, became the first and second battalions of the Berkshire Regiment. Both these original regiments had been raised in the mid-18th century and seen much hard service: the 49th had the honour of being present with Nelson at Copenhagen, played a leading part in the defence of Canada in the War of 1812, fought in the Opium War in 1840, and earned its first three Victoria Crosses in the Crimea. In the same period the 66th served in the West Indies, Nepal, Canada and the Afghan War of 1879 - 80 where it had nearly been annihilated. Four years after the formation of the Berkshire Regiment it had the unique honour of being made a Royal regiment in recognition of the conduct of its 1st Battalion at Tofrek in the Sudan, while a few years later the 2nd Battalion saw hard service in South Africa. Many battalions fought with distinction during the two world wars and in 1959 it amalgamated with the Wiltshire Regiment to form the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment.