Shows the people and events that have shaped the army: how Marlborough's victory at Blenheim is linked to Wellington's at Waterloo; how the fight at Rorke's Drift in 1879 underpinned the heroism of the airborne forces in Arnhem in 1942; and why Montgomery's momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over.
From the English Civil War to today's War on Terror: in this sweeping account of nearly 500 years of military history, former soldier Allan Mallinson looks at how the Army's dramatic past has made it one of the most effective fighting forces in the world today. He shows us the people and events that have shaped the army we know today: how Marlborough's momentous victory at Blenheim is linked to Wellington's at Waterloo; how the desperate fight at Rorke's Drift in 1879 underpinned the heroism of the airborne forces in Arnhem in 1944; and why Montgomery's momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over. This is the story of hard-won military experience. From the Army's birth at the battle of Edgehill in 1642 to our current conflict in Afghanistan, this is history at its most relevant - and most dramatic.
"A romantic history of the British Army that stirs the blood." -- Charles Moore, "Daily Telegraph ""Lucid, absorbing... Mallinson combines a professional's feel for his subject with a populist tough." -- Christopher Sylvester," Daily Express ""Thought-provoking and endlessly entertaining." -- Trevor Royal," The Herald ("Scotland")" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
About Allan Mallinson
Allan Mallinson is a former infantry and cavalry officer of thirty-five years' service worldwide. He is the author of the Matthew Hervey series, and of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded, and which has been recently revised and updated. As well as writing on defence matters for The Times and formerly for the Daily Telegraph, he is a regular reviewer for The Times, the Spectator and the Literary Review.
The Making Of The British Army by Allan Mallinson
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