42nd Royal Highland Regiment
Grenadier Company, Germany
"Nobody provokes me without being hurt"
'Our recruiters are roaming the Country They will treat their friends kindly! Join us in our venture and you will receive soldierlike entertainment, plenty provisions and immediate payment wherever our good King will send us!
Glorious are our deeds, Gold will litter the fields of Glory and bonnie are the lassies who will beg to serve your needs!
Enlist and come awa' wi' us!
Since a couple of years we recreate the Grenadier Company of the 42nd (Royal) Highland Regiment in the period from 1808 to 1815. We reconstruct the appearance of the unit, its uniform and equipment as detailed and historically correct as possible. We are not content with wearing the right uniform but also aim to have our performance and equipment set up for a 200 years jump back in time.
Our members come from all over Germany and our group belongs to the Napoleonische Gesellschaft e.V., an umbrella organisation for German Napoleonic re-enactment societies. In 2004 members of our group took part in re-enactments in Germany, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and France. Apart from battle re-enactments we are also found at museum events to provide a background for exhibitions related to the Napoleonic epoch.
We constantly look for new members in order to make our demonstrations and displays more attractive and let them look more realistic. The Napoleonic period was the times of large armies numbering thousands of soldiers. So ask us if you are interested to join the 42nd Highland Regiment.
You want to know more?
Point of Contact:
Auf dem Esch 5
Tel: 02502 901666
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If you are interested to join our group you can expect the following after making first contact:
As a possible novice to re-enactment we will support you in getting into this exciting and fascinating hobby. We will also guide you into the history of the Black Watch and provide you with information about the legal issues of the re-enactment hobby, e.g. how to get a black powder license and a European Firearms License. Once accepted as a new member we will assist you in getting your basic equipment together during the fist year with us. Re-enactment is no cheap hobby, but many items of our equipment are manufactured by ourselves, which makes things more affordable. Also you can rely on the experience of veteran re-enactors. We expect that during the first year as a recruit you acquire a certain basic set of equipment and get your black powder license.
History of the Regiment
The history of the 42nd Royal Highland Regiment "Black Watch" reaches back to the year 1725, when independent companies were formed from Highland clan members loyal to the British crown. Their task was to police the Scottish Highlands and prevent further uprisings against the English rule. Most likely the famous nickname "Black Watch" also dates back to these times and refers to the mission of the companies as well as the dark colours of their tartan.
In 1739 the independent companies were formed into the 43rd (Highland) Regiment of Foot, which later was renumbered into 42nd (Highland) Regiment of Foot. The baptism of fire for the new regiment came during the War of Austrian Succession at the battle of Fontenoy on May 11th, 1745. Between 1756 and 1763 the regiment saw action in the French and Indian War in North America. For the action at the unsuccessful siege of Fort Ticonderoga in 1758 the regiment was awarded the title "Royal". From 1776 until 1783 the Black Watch took part in the War of Independence and saw action at White Plains, (1776), Brandywine Creek (1777) and Germantown (1777).
During the Wars of the French Revolution (1792 – 1802) the regiment was awarded the red hackle on June 4th, 1795 for its action in Flanders at the battle of Gedermalsen. In the same period the regiment also fought in the West Indies and took part in the conquest of Minorca, Genua, Malta and Cadiz. In 1801 the Black Watch fought in Egypt at the bay of Abukir and the Battle of Alexandria . Here they won the honour of bearing the Sphinx in its colours.
From 1808 to 1814 the regiment fought with Moore's and Wellington's armies in the Peninsular War. During this war the regiment saw action at La Corunna 1809, Busaco 1810, the Lines of Torres Vedras 1810/11, Fuentes d'Onoro 1811, the storming of Ciudad Rodrigo and Badajoz in 1812, Salamanca 1812, Burgos 1812, Nievelle 1813, Orthez 1814 and Toulose 1814.
In the final chapter of the Napoleonic Wars the regiment played its part with gallantry at the battles of Quatre Bras, 16th June 1815 and Waterloo, 18th June 1815.