By William McElwee
On 1 July 1881 Viscount Cardwell's wholesale reorganisation of the British military introduced into life Priness Louise's Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. either had existed as separate regiments even ahead of their legit incorporation into the British military and at the face of it, this appeared a hugely inconceivable union, Being separated either geographically and traditionally - they'd by no means even served jointly within the comparable theatre. but, as heritage has proven, this not likely mixture proved to be a major good fortune. William McElwee tells the tale of this most renowned of regiments which has served with contrast in global struggle I (1914-1918), global battle II (1939-1945), and beyond.
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