Campaigning in Flanders

This German print is dated 1743 and shows the Highland Regiment in Northern Europe while they were on campaign in the War of the Austrian Succession 1740-48. They are red-coated soldiers but the hats vary in colour. The plaids are all yellow with a red check, similar to the 1743 print of Private Farquar Shaw. Archibald Forbes's history of the regiment mentions the sergeants as carrying 'their formidable Lochabar axes' a kind of halberd seen in the top row. The officers carried fusils, shorter than the mens' muskets. The shields, or targets, are also mentioned in the book. Musicians can be seen in the lower two rows, although bagpipes are not being used. Two men with axes are referred to as carpenters but must be the regimental pioneers. An ensign carries a Colour in the third row but the devices on the flag are not visible.

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