November 10, 2004

Highland Regiments Saved

The British Ministry of Defence appears to have backed down from its plan to merge and essentially destroy some of the most famous Scottish regiments, according to The Scotsman.

Intense pressure was levelled on the MoD from politicians, petitions and even, it is rumored, the Queen herself. Coming just when the Black Watch has returned to battle in Iraq supporting and relieving US forces&emdash;and has lost 4 soldiers in a week&emdash; the "force modernization" seemed even more insensitive, clumsy and ill-timed.

The endangered regiments are the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, King's Own Scottish Borderers, Royal Highland Fusiliers, The Black Watch, The Highlanders, and The Royal Scots. The battle honors of these regiments are far too numerous to list (the Black Watch lost half its force at Fort Ticonderoga in 1758).

Appropriately enough, the Argyll and Sutherland use the motto of the Campbell's: Ne obliviscaris [Never Forget].

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