The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army

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From the Napoleonic Wars to the battle of the Falklands, from the pike and musket to the Challenger tank, The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army brings to life the colorful and far-reaching history of this long-lived institution.
Lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred and seventy black-and-white pictures, twenty-four color plates, and fourteen maps, this volume provides a wealth of historical detail as it takes readers on a lively journey through the annals...
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From the Napoleonic Wars to the battle of the Falklands, from the pike and musket to the Challenger tank, The Oxford Illustrated History of the British Army brings to life the colorful and far-reaching history of this long-lived institution.
Lavishly illustrated with more than two hundred and seventy black-and-white pictures, twenty-four color plates, and fourteen maps, this volume provides a wealth of historical detail as it takes readers on a lively journey through the annals of the British Army. Here are vivid descriptions of all the famous military campaigns and battles--from Agincourt and Crecy, to Trafalgar, Waterloo, and Yorktown Heights, to Dunkirk and D-Day--as well as insightful portraits of the great commanders, including Edward I, the Duke of Marlborough, Cromwell, the Duke of Wellington, and Field Marshall Montgomery. And the breadth of coverage is superb, ranging from the Army's medieval origins, to the days of empire, to the critical issues facing the contemporary army. This vividly written chronicle is further supplemented with chapters focusing on themes of special interest, such as the controversial and costly role of the British Army in Northern Ireland, the Army in India, the function of the Army in peacetime, and the philosophy of British military policy--all of which are examined from a range of political, economic, military perspectives. Military experts and military history buffs will be particularly interested in the twenty-one detailed special sections that highlight vital aspects of the Army, including tactics, weaponry, and major figures. Finally, the volume boasts a distinguished roster of contributors, boasting not only prominent military historians, but also former servicemen, who provide expert technical insight and vivid, eyewitness accounts of modern soldiering and warfare.
Comprehensive, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated, The Oxford History of the British Army will fascinate military history buffs as well as anyone seeking a broader understanding of British or modern world history.

Comprehensive, authoritative, and lavishly illustrated, this journey through the annals of the British Army features vivid descriptions of all the famous battles and campaigns, from Agincourt and Crecy to Trafalgar and Waterloo to D-Day and the Falklands. 275 black-and-white illustrations, 24 color plates, 21 special boxed sections, and 14 maps.

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Gilbert Taylor
The product of 20 noted military historians, this volume stretches the topic far beyond the purview of the battlefield. While including narrations of significant bloodlettings, each writer keeps in mind an army's strategic purposes--expressed in doctrines--which have evolved over the three centuries since Britain established a standing force. The social and financial contexts are critical as well, for how one recruits, trains, and pays for an army is as important as how sensibly, or stupidly, it is commanded. With such themes in mind, and backed by Oxford's typically profligate layout of colorplates, black-and-white photos, and maps, the interested reader will be hard pressed to find a better introduction than this. It opens with an overview of the dynastic and civil wars of England up to the Glorious Revolution, then concentrates on the age of Marlborough, the North American empire, Wellington, the Victorian empire, and then the twentieth century and its ranks of mass conscripts. Boxed features detail each period's distinctive tactic and defining battle, be it the square at Waterloo or the Maxim guns at Omdurman. With its felicity of text and variety of visuals, this volume will secure a prominent place among the library's war shelf wares.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198691785
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/15/1994
  • Series: Oxford Illustrated Histories Series
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 7.81 (w) x 10.31 (h) x 1.51 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Editors:
David Chandler holds the Oppenheimer Chair at the University of the United States Marine Corps, and was formerly the Head of the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. He is also President Emeritus of the British Commission for Military History, and the author of twenty-eight books. Ian Beckett is Head of the School of Literature and History at the University of Luton, and formerly Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Maps
List of Colour Plates
List of Contributors
Introduction
1 The English Medieval Army to 1485 1
2 Towards the Standing Army 1485-1660 25
3 The Restoration Army 1660-1702 48
4 The Great Captain-General 1702-1714 69
5 The Army of the Georges 1714-1783 92
6 The Army and the First British Empire 1714-1783 111
7 The Transformation of the Army 1783-1815 133
8 An Unreformed Army? 1815-1868 160
9 The Late Victorian Army 1868-1914 189
10 The Army and the Challenge of War 1914-1918 215
11 The Four Armies 1914-1918 241
12 The Army Between the Two World Wars 1918-1939 263
13 The Army and the Challenge of War 1939-1945 279
14 The Army and the Home Front 1939-1945 307
15 The Post-War Army 1945-1963 329
16 The Thirty Years Peace 357
17 The Army of British India 376
18 The Amateur Military Tradition 402
19 The British Way in Warfare 417
20 Towards the Future 435
Chronology 453
Bibliography 467
Acknowledgement of Sources 477
Index 479
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