Lord Methuen and the British Army: Failure and Redemption in South Africa

Lord Methuen and the British Army: Failure and Redemption in South Africa

by Stephen M. Miller
     
 

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This study analyzes the readiness of the British military establishment for war in 1899 and its performance in the South African War (1899-1902). It focuses on the career of Field Marshal Paul Sanford, 3rd Baron Methuen, whose traditional military training, used so effectively in Queen Victoria's small wars, was put to the test by the modern challenges of the South… See more details below

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This study analyzes the readiness of the British military establishment for war in 1899 and its performance in the South African War (1899-1902). It focuses on the career of Field Marshal Paul Sanford, 3rd Baron Methuen, whose traditional military training, used so effectively in Queen Victoria's small wars, was put to the test by the modern challenges of the South African War. A subsidiary aim of this work is to correct and refine the historical consensus that Methuen's campaing in the South African War was plagued by practical errors and poor judgement. The South African War was a crucial transitional episode in the history of the British army. Unlike Great Britain's other expeditions, it required the concentrated resources of the entire empire. It was a modern war in the sense that it employed the technology, the weaponry, the communications, and the transportation of the second industrial revolution.

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This study analyzes the preparedness of the British military establishment in 1899 and its performance in the South African War (1899-1902). It focuses on the career of Field Marshal Paul Sanford, 3rd Baron Methuen, whose traditional military training<-->used so effectively in Queen Victoria's small wars<-->was put to the test by the modern challenges of the South African War. Through detailed examinations of Methuen's campaigns, it demonstrates that although neither Methuen nor the British army was prepared for modern warfare, they were able to make the necessary transition to defeat the Boers and propel the British army into the 20th century. Distributed in the U.S. by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781136322839
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/12/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
3 MB

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