By John William Fortescue
Sir John Fortescue holds a pre-eminent position among British army historians, his enduring popularity and legacy resting generally on his life’s paintings “The historical past of the British Army”, issued in 20 volumes, which took him a few 30 years to accomplish. In scope and breadth it really is such that no smooth pupil has tried to hide the sort of huge and numerous topic in its entirety; yet Sir John did so with aplomb, resulting in a readable and finished study.
According to Professor Emeritus of army historical past at King’s university, Brian Bond, the paintings was once “the manufactured from indefatigable study in unique files, a selection to provide a transparent, exact, 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 most crucial, notwithstanding, was once his motivation: particularly, a lifelong affection for the outdated, long-service, pre-Cardwell military, the spirit of the regiments of which it mostly consisted, and the worth of its traditions to the state. 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 warfare 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 amount additionally lines the improvement of ecu Armies, infantry, cavalry and artillery, and the categorical adjustments in Britain in the course of the period.
ENGLISH ancient assessment —"Mr. Fortescue has been the 1st to build a scholarly and attached 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 to. yet his leader advantage is a well-balanced judgment."
A needs to learn for any army fanatic.