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The definitive story of the British army from one of the UK's bestselling historical novelists.

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.

Reviews

Fascinating...clear and concise...important. It is hard to see this book being bettered in the near future.

Simon Heffer, Daily Telegraph

Lucid, absorbing.

DAILY EXPRESS

Precise and profound.

THE TIMES

A compelling history of the British Army.

Emmanuelle Smith

Mallinson is surely right to stress the one enduring quality of the British Army: 'operational resilience'

Saul David, THE SPECTATOR

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

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780553815405

    May 15, 2011

    Bantam

    752 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409085812

    September 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    752 pages

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Also by Allan Mallinson

The Passage to India
Too Important for the Generals
Words of Command
1914: Fight the Good Fight
On His Majesty's Service
Warrior
Man Of War
Company Of Spears
An Act Of Courage
Rumours Of War
The Sabre's Edge
A Call To Arms
A Regimental Affair
The Nizam's Daughters
A Close Run Thing

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