A Brief History of the British Army

A Brief History of the British Army

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Author: John Lewis-Stempel

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472136190

Category: History

Page: 208

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The story of the British Army has many sides to it, being a tale of heroic successes and tragic failures, of dogged determination and drunken disorder. It involves many of the most vital preoccupations in the history of the island - the struggle against Continental domination by a single power, the battle for Empire - and a cast pf remarkable characters - Marlborough, Wellington and Montgomery among them. Yet the British, relying on their navy, have always neglected their army; from the time of Alfred the Great to the reign of Charles II wars were fought with hired forces disbanded as soon as conflict ended. Even after the stuggles with Louis XIV impelled the formation of a reulgar army, impecunious governments neglected the armed forces except in times of national emergency. In this wide-ranging account, Major Haswell sketches the medieval background before concentrating on the three hundred years of the regular army, leading up to its role in our own time. He presents an informed and probing picture of the organization of the army, the development of weaponry and strategy - and the everyday life of the British soldier through the centuries. John Lewis-Stempel has brought Major Haswell's classic work right up to date by expanding the section on the dissolution of empire to include a full account of Northern Ireland and the Falklands War. He has added a new chapter to cover the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq; also the increasing role of special forces and the amalgamation of regiments.
Categories: History

A Brief History of the British Army

A Brief History of the British Army

The story of the British Army has many sides to it, being a tale of heroic successes and tragic failures, of dogged determination and drunken disorder.

Author: Jock Haswell

Publisher: Constable & Robinson

ISBN: 1472136209

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 715

The story of the British Army has many sides to it, being a tale of heroic successes and tragic failures, of dogged determination and drunken disorder. It involves many of the most vital preoccupations in the history of the island - the struggle against Continental domination by a single power, the battle for Empire - and a cast pf remarkable characters - Marlborough, Wellington and Montgomery among them. Yet the British, relying on their navy, have always neglected their army; from the time of Alfred the Great to the reign of Charles II wars were fought with hired forces disbanded as soon as conflict ended. Even after the stuggles with Louis XIV impelled the formation of a reulgar army, impecunious governments neglected the armed forces except in times of national emergency. In this wide-ranging account, Major Haswell sketches the medieval background before concentrating on the three hundred years of the regular army, leading up to its role in our own time. He presents an informed and probing picture of the organization of the army, the development of weaponry and strategy - and the everyday life of the British soldier through the centuries. John Lewis-Stempel has brought Major Haswell's classic work right up to date by expanding the section on the dissolution of empire to include a full account of Northern Ireland and the Falklands War. He has added a new chapter to cover the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq; also the increasing role of special forces and the amalgamation of regiments.
Categories: History

An Intimate War

An Intimate War

'An Intimate War' tells the story of the last thirty-four years of conflict in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of the Helmandis.

Author: Mike Martin

Publisher:

ISBN: 1849048916

Category: Afghan War, 2001-

Page: 424

View: 287

'An Intimate War' tells the story of the last thirty-four years of conflict in Helmand Province, Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of the Helmandis. In the West, this period is often defined through different lenses -- the Soviet intervention, the civil war, the Taliban, and the post-2001 nation-building era. Yet, as experienced by local inhabitants, the Helmand conflict is a perennial one, involving the same individuals, families and groups, and driven by the same arguments over land, water and power. This book -- based on both military and research experience in Helmand and 150 interviews in Pashto -- offers a very different view of Helmand from those in the media. It demonstrates how outsiders have most often misunderstood the ongoing struggle in Helmand and how, in doing so, they have exacerbated the conflict, perpetuated it and made it more violent -- precisely the opposite of what was intended when their interventions were launched. Mike Martin's oral history of Helmand underscores the absolute imperative of understanding the highly local, personal, and non-ideological nature of internal conflict in much of the 'third' world.
Categories: Afghan War, 2001-

A Short History of the British Army to 1914

A Short History of the British Army to 1914

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Author: Eric William Sheppard

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105041369914

Category: Great Britain

Page: 344

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Categories: Great Britain

A Brief History of the Revolution

A Brief History of the Revolution

About the 8th of December , 1776 , he was closely pursued by a powerful army of the British , under Lord Cornwallis , who commanded about ten thousand of the British who were in pursuit of him . In order to save himself and his little ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: NYPL:33433111539403

Category: United States

Page: 110

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Categories: United States

A Brief History Of The Kings Royal Rifle Corps 1755 To 1915

A Brief History Of The Kings Royal Rifle Corps  1755 To 1915

Colonel Francis de Rottenburg to its command, marks not only a distinct epoch in the history of the Regiment, but an important stage in the development of the British Army. Just as Bouquet in 1756 had introduced radical changes of dress ...

Author: General Sir Edward Thomas Henry Hutton

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 9781908902849

Category: History

Page: 117

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The Kings Royal Rifle Corps, or the 2nd Battalion the Royal Green Jackets as they are now known, had a long and proud fighting tradition that they would exchange with no other regiment in the British Army. Originally raised from American colonists in 1756, their skill in fighting the French and their native American allies in the woods in the north of the nascent America was legendary; the regiment was honoured for its distinguished service with the motto “Swift and Bold” by no less a figure as General Wolfe in the Quebec campaign. During the Napoleonic Wars, companies of the 5th Battalion were attached to the divisions of Wellington’s army to provide them with tough, resilient experienced skirmishers. After many significant deployments to overseas theatres during the 1800’s, the regiment was hugely expanded for service in the First World War during which the men of the KRRC added much lustre to their reputation and no fewer than seven V.C.s. Lt.-General Sir Edward Hutton was a distinguished officer of the British army, aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria and pioneered the use of mounted infantry in the British Army. He was also the first commander of the Australian Army. He wrote this short history of his old regiment in retirement during the early stages of the First World War. Author — Lt.-General Sir Edward Thomas Henry Hutton 1848-1923 Text taken, whole and complete, from the edition published in 1917, Winchester, by Warren and Son Original Page Count – 84 pages. Illustrations — 4 maps and plans.
Categories: History

Brief History

Brief History

Brief History of Great Britain William E. Burns. British army was still small compared to those of the great Continental powers. Even Wellington's victory over Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815, which ended the wars, was achieved with an ...

Author: William E. Burns

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438127378

Category: Culture

Page: 321

View: 997

A Brief History of Great Britain narrates the history of Great Britain from the earliest times to the 21st century, covering the entire island England, Wales, and Scotland as well as associated archipelagos such as the Channel Islands, the Orkneys, and Ireland as they have influenced British history. The central story of this volume is the development of the British kingdom, including its rise and decline on the world stage. The book is built around a clear chronological political narrative while incorporating treatment of social, economic, and religious issues. Coverage includes: Early Settlements, Celts, and Romans Anglo-Saxons, Scots, and Vikings Scotland, England, and Wales Britain in the Late Middle Ages The Making of Protestant Britain Industry and Conquest Britain in the Age of Empire An Age of Crisis The Age of Consensus A House Divided.
Categories: Culture

A Bibliography of Regimental Histories of the British Army

A Bibliography of Regimental Histories of the British Army

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Author: Arthur S. White

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781781505397

Category: Reference

Page: 337

View: 268

This is one of the most valuable books in the armoury of the serious student of British Military history. It is a new and revised edition of Arthur White’s much sought-after bibliography of regimental, battalion and other histories of all regiments and Corps that have ever existed in the British Army. This new edition includes an enlarged addendum to that given in the 1988 reprint. It is, quite simply, indispensible.
Categories: Reference

A Brief History of Modern Warfare

A Brief History of Modern Warfare

It was therefore the lot of the British Army to be the poor relation with limited expectations, tailored to fight small wars to achieve ambitious targets at low cost. By comparison, America's Army had an entirely different philosophical ...

Author: Richard Connaughton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472107695

Category: History

Page: 464

View: 253

Since Vietnam, both the way we fight and our reasons for going to war have become much more complex. The importance of a conflict is determined not by its size or by the numbers of combatants involved but by its ripple effects and its influence upon future events. In a series of thrilling recreations of eight of the most significant encounters of the last three decades, military historian Richard Connaughton presents a fascinating insight into modern warfare, including interviews with some of the major figures. The conflicts include Goose Green in the Falklands, the invasion of Grenada, Operation Desert Storm - the first Iraq War, Operations in Mogadishu as immortalized in the book and film Blackhawk Down, the Siege of Gorazde and Operation Barras in Sierra Leone, as well as more recent events at Fallujah, Iraq, and in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Richard Connaughton has interviewed most of the major figures involved in each of the conflicts and offers powerful insights into why battles either work or don't. This book will tell you what warfare means in the contemporary world and how it can affect tomorrow.
Categories: History