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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409085812
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 752
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The Making Of The British Army




The acclaimed and definitive story of the British Army from the former soldier and commander, respected military historian and bestselling historical novelist.

Edgehill, 1642: Surveying the disastrous scene in the aftermath of the first battle of the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell realized that war could no longer be waged in the old, feudal way: there had to be system and discipline, and therefore - eventually - a standing professional army.

From the 'New Model Army' of Cromwell's distant vision, former soldier Allan Mallinson shows us the people and events that have shaped the British 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 at Arnhem in 1944; and why Montgomery's momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over . . .

From the British Army's origins at the battle of Edgehill to the recent conflict in Afghanistan, The Making of the British Army is history at its most relevant - and most dramatic.

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409085812
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 752
Categories:

About the author

Allan Mallinson

A professional solder for thirty-five years, Allan Mallinson began writing while still serving. His first book was a history of four regiments of British light dragoons, one of which he commanded. His debut novel was the bestselling A Close Run Thing, the first in an acclaimed series chronicling the life of a fictitious cavalry officer before and after Waterloo (The Tigress of Mysore is the fourteenth in the series). His The Making of the British Army was shortlisted for a number of prizes, while 1914: Fight the Good Fight won the British Army’s ‘Book of the Year’ Award. Its sequel, Too Important for the Generals, is a provocative look at leadership during the Great War, while Fight to the Finish is a comprehensive history of the First World War, month by month.Allan Mallinson reviews for the Spectator and the TLS and also writes for The Times. He lives on Salisbury Plain.

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Praise for The Making Of The British Army

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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