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By John William Fortescue

Sir John Fortescue holds a pre-eminent position among British army historians, his enduring reputation and legacy resting more often than not on his life’s paintings “The heritage of the British Army”, issued in 20 volumes, which took him a few 30 years to accomplish. In scope and breadth it's such that no glossy pupil has tried to hide this sort of huge and various topic in its entirety; yet Sir John did so with aplomb, resulting in a readable and complete study.

According to Professor Emeritus of army historical past at King’s university, Brian Bond, the paintings used to be “the fabricated from indefatigable examine in unique records, a selection to provide a transparent, actual, and readable narrative of army operations, and an in depth own wisdom of the battlefields, which enabled him to clarify his account with very good maps. most vital, notwithstanding, was once his motivation: specifically, a lifelong affection for the outdated, long-service, pre-Cardwell military, the spirit of the regiments of which it principally consisted, and the worth of its traditions to the kingdom. a tremendous a part of his activity was once to distil and inculcate those soldierly virtues which, in his conservative view, contrasted sharply with the unedifying personality of politicians who habitually meddled in army matters.” ODNB.

This first quantity covers the interval from the conflict of Hastings in 1066 to the tip of the Seven Year’s battle in 1713. It contains the battles at Bannockburn, Crecy, Agincourt, Flodden, the battles of the English Civil struggle, Dunkirk Dunes, Tangiers, and the battles in the course of Marlborough’s campaigns. the quantity additionally strains the advance of eu Armies, infantry, cavalry and artillery, and the categorical alterations in Britain throughout the period.

ENGLISH ancient assessment —"Mr. Fortescue has been the 1st to build a scholarly and hooked up tale of the expansion of our army associations and of the improvement of strategies as printed in a continual sequence of wars. His variety is lucid, and his descriptions of battles are effortless to stick with. yet his leader advantage is a well-balanced judgment."

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