First published in 1991 by Oxford University Press Inc. New York
This 2nd. edition published by Oxford University Press for Sandpiper Books Ltd. in 2000
ISBN: 0 19 822647 0
This copy is Hardcover
A study of the army’s lack of a peacetime and wartime training regimen in the period between the Duke of Marlborough’s campaigns and the reforms associated with the Duke of York due to preoccupations of the army with civil matters.
Book's condition and details:
Black 'cloth' bound book with bright gilt title to spine - No inscriptions - pages and contents as new - a mimimum of shelf wear so condition NEAR FINE. Dust wrapper - un-price clipped - also NEAR FINE condition. A very nice copy!
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Weight unwrapped 687 grams
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Dust Wrapper blurbs:
FIT FOR SERVICE
Training of the British Army 1715-1795
In this study of the army’s peacetime and wartime training regimen in the period between the Duke of Marlborough’s campaigns and the reforms associated with the Duke of York, J. A. Houlding looks primarily at the various circumstances that contributed to such a lack of preparedness that one officer considered the troops ‘in imminent danger of being cut to pieces in our first encounter’.
In discussion of poor training of the eighteenth-century army the usual suspects are the purchased commissions system and lack of drill regulations.
Houlding challenges that argument, analysing a mass of War Office documents including Marching Orders, Inspection Returns and Drill books, to present a detailed account of the timetable of peacetime service and the preoccupations of the army with civil matters which, he concludes, left it short of the time and opportunity for training.