W Britain Black Watch Private circa 2006
In 1739 George II amalgamated the 6 companies that had performed with such distinction to form a single infantry regiment which became known as 'The Black Watch'.
The regiment spent the next 266 years fighting for King, Queen and country from its first great battle at Fontenoy in Flanders in 1745 to Fallujah in Iraq in 2005. Along the way The Black Watch collected an incredible 164 battle honours, 14 VC's and a reputation that places the regiment in a category of its own.
However, as part of the Government's 2006 re-organisation of the Army, The Black Watch lost its Regimental status and become a Battalion within the new Royal Regiment of Scotland. Nevertheless, The Black Watch remains a force to be reckoned with in the British Army,