World Battlefronts: Rose of Mont Pinçon

Of all the treasured privileges of British arms, one of the most prized is a 185-year-old battle honor shared by six regiments: the wearing of a rose on Aug. 1. That day is the anniversary of the Battle of Minden in the Seven Years' War, when those infantry regiments, outnumbered, plucked roses in the field on their way to battle and withstood the charge of the French cavalry, despite frightful losses, to carry the day.

Last week from London's War Office came a new story of one of those old regiments. The place:...