This beautifully illustrated title serves as an introduction to the history and uniforms of the Scottish Highland regiments in British service from c. 1830 to c. 1910. As a previous review stated, this was something of a golden age in the history of the Highland Regiments, many of which distinguished themselves for courage, eagerness to battle, will to survive, and loyalty to their country and generals. It was only on March 28th of 2006 that 'Highlanders' was removed from the regimental names.
The first half of the book is a summary of their history as well as the recruiting system and the origins of the troops. The second half examines, in detail (though not to a technical, or, for the casually interested reader, dull, level) the colors and styles of the bonnets, jackets, kilts, plaids, trews, hose, spats, and sporrans of the 19th Century Regiments.
The color plates are perhaps the most impressive I have ever seen from Gerry Embleton, and depict leaders, pipers, and common soldiers from many of the most famous regiments in a number of poses. The wide and fearsome arsenal of these men, combined with their colorful, sometimes wild costumes made them the most impressive soldiers in the British Army of their day. This book is a fitting tribute to these valorous and flamboyant men and their illustrious legacy.