FIGHTING ON THREE FRONTS A Black Watch Battalion in the Great War


The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, a Scottish cavalry regiment, lost three quarters of its strength to casualties and disease in just two months deployed at Gallipoli – and was among the last units to leave the peninsular. The survivors were amalgamated as the Fourth Battalion of the famous Black Watch, and fought in Egypt and Palestine. Rushed to France in 1918 to help stem the German Spring offensives, the battalion fought fiercely and lost more men in the final weeks of the war. This fine account is based on the wartime diaries of one of the battalion’s officers, Major D.D. Ogilvie.

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