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Highlander

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Highlander

Model kit. Requires assembly and painting.

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54mm white metal kit. Sculpted by Marco Pozzetti. Boxart by Jean Paul Dana. Kit includes: 14 pieces.

How the miniature “Highlander” came about

 What was to become a regiment of the British Army known as “Highland Watch” was constituted in 1724. It operated as an armed police force which presided the hills maintaining law and order rather than a military unit. The dispositions of 1739 formed an army made up of six independent companies which constituted the “Highland Watch”. To these six companies were added another four called 43rdInfantry Regiment.

 In 1749 the 43rd Regiment was reclassified as the 42nd Infantry Regiment and became the most famous regiment in service in North America during the French-Indian War. The 42nd Regiment was sent to New York in 1756, took part in 1757 in the failed attack at Louisbourg and, in 1758, at Fort Carillon (Ticonderoga). The 42nd Regiment was named “Royal Highland Regiment” before Ticonderogaand not in recognition for this action. After taking Martinique and Havana in 1762, the Regiment returned to North America and fought in battle at Bushy Run in 1763. The Regiment returned to Ireland in 1767. The 77th Regiment (Montgomerie’s) Highlanders was promoted as 1st Regiment in 1757 and sent to New York, where it gave service in New York and Carolina. In 1762, just like the 42nd Regiment, they gave service in Martinique and Havana. In 1763 a contingent fought at Bushy Run and was subsequently dismantled. The 78th (Fraser’s) Highlanders were promoted IInd Regiment. They gave service in North America, mainly in Quebec, in 1759. They were dismantled in 1763. In 1758 the enlisted totalled 4200 on a total of 24000 regular British soldiers in North America. The Highlander battalions fought in some of the fiercest battles in the French-Indian War. The “Black Watch” suffered huge losses at Ticonderoga in 1758, losing more that 500 men of the 1100 participant soldiers and officers. Two months later the 77th lost 223 men out of 389 during the failed surprise attack at Fort Duquesne. In 1759, the 78th of Fraser lost 18 men and 148 were wounded on the plains of Abraham. The following April at Saint-Foy the Fraser Highlanders suffered great losses, 213 soldiers. Because of the impassable terrain in their own country of origin, the Highlanders were regarded as the most suited men for the wild regions of North America. This belief was so widespread that the Highlanders shared some sort of mysterious ties with the American natives. Both groups belonged to a tribal society considered both exotic and barbaric when compared to the English society of the mid 1700s. Documents of 1740 in fact describe the Highlanders as savage and barbarians, the same terms used to describe the natives of North America.

 

Historical notes, courtesy of Gary Dombrowski.


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