Publisher description for The Oxford illustrated history of the British Army / general editor, David Chandler ; associate editor, Ian Beckett.
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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.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Great Britain. -- Army -- History.
Great Britain -- History, Military.