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The Making Of The British Army

No army in the world has a history like the British army. It has been involved in more military engagements than any other, more often, and against a different number of adversaries. It has fought both major and minor battles, sometimes simultaneously, all over the world. It has both won an empire and wound it down. It has suffered disastrous setbacks and huge defeats, yet it has lost only one war. And, except for twenty-one of its 361 years history, it has done this with a volunteer army. Quite simply, the British army has a unique understanding of the application of military force. And military force is where the history of today s army really begins - with the close-run Battle of Edgehill in 1642, when the Roundheads were almost routed by the Royalist cavalry under the dashing Prince Rupert, and in which was sown the seed of the later, unbeatable 'New Model' army under Cromwell Taking in Marborough's momentous victory at Blenheim, our catastrophic defeat at the hands of the Americans in 1783, and the
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The definitive story of the British Army from a former soldier and commander, now one of the UK's bestselling historical novelists.

About the Author

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. 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.


"Fascinating... clear and concise... important. It is hard to see this book being bettered in the near future" -- Simon Heffer * DAILY TELEGRAPH * "I learned a lot" -- Jeremy Paxman * OBSERVER * "This is no mere paperback edition of Mallinson's acclaimed 2009 hardback. He presents a revised and updated version that no self-respecting defense commentator can risk being without" * THE TIMES * "A compelling history of the British Army" -- Emmanuelle Smith * FT * "Mallinson is surely right to stress the one enduring quality of the British Army: 'operational resilience'" -- Saul David * SPECTATOR *

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