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Faithful reproduction of the Glengarry headdress worn by the members of the British and Canadian Army's Black Watch, in the same crown variations of the World Wars. Despite it's Scottish origins, the Glengarry bonnet was the standard "undress" cap for all British and Imperial troops throughout latter half of the 19th century as a replacement to the early Kilmarnock (alternatively called a "Balmoral") bonnet. It was worn by Victorian era troops in garrison when a shako or pith helmet was not required. Upon it's replacement by the universally hated (and distinctively German looking) Broderick caps outside of Highland regiments, the Glengarry was immediately clamored for again by the British Army. It would take many decades, but the would later army adopt t 1937 pattern field service hats off the Glengarry's distinctive "wedge" shape.
The legendary "Black Watch" were formed to as separate company sized infantry companies patrol the Scottish highlands in the 18th century in the aftermath of the first Jacobite rebellions. Though thename of the regiment are murky, they quickly became the shock troops of the British Empire by the time of the Childers Reforms in 1881, having served on the front lines of the Seven Years War and Napoleonic Wars, in additional to several colonial conflicts. The wide reaching Childers Reforms amalgamated the 42nd (Royal Highland) Regiment of Foot (the originator of the nickname "The Black Watch") and the 73rd (Perthshire) Regiment of Foot to form the unit simply known as "The Black Watch".
The Black Watch, with the former Royal Highlanders and Perthshire Regiments forming the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the new regiment would serve with extreme distinction during various colonial conflicts in the Victoria era during campaigns in Egypt and South Africa. At the outbreak of the Great War, Canada formed their own "13th" and "42nd" Battalions, numbered and named off the already legendary British regiment. Swelling to numerous additional battalions in both British and Canadian service, they suffered atrocious casualties as the kilt wearing shock troops of the Western Front. Their ferocious appearance and aggressively fighting style earned them and other kilted regiments the nickname, "The Ladies from Hell" from their German foes.
Though they turned in their beloved kilts just prior to the combat operations of the Second World Wars, the regiments that bore the name "Black Watch" fought just as valiantly. Fighting through the Middle East, Africa, and Europe, they carved they way through Axis forces with the same zeal. After the Second World War, the Black Watch continued to serve through Korean War where Bill Speakman VC famously threw beer bottles at attacking communist troops in the truest Black Watch style.
The legendary "Black Watch" still exists today as the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland in the British Army, and the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada of the Canadian Army Primary Reserve, with continued operational history in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Glengarry itself is constructed from the correct black wool, with a black cockade, red toorie on top, and dual ribbons flowing from the rear. The Black Watch cap badge is included separately of the Glengarry for you to mount yourself!
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