By John William Fortescue
Sir John Fortescue holds a pre-eminent position among British army historians, his enduring status and legacy resting mostly 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's such that no smooth student has tried to hide one of these 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 heritage at King’s university, Brian Bond, the paintings used to be “the made of indefatigable learn in unique files, a selection to offer a transparent, exact, and readable narrative of army operations, and a detailed own wisdom of the battlefields, which enabled him to clarify his account with very good maps. most vital, despite the fact that, was once his motivation: specifically, a lifelong affection for the outdated, long-service, pre-Cardwell military, the spirit of the regiments of which it principally consisted, and the worth of its traditions to the kingdom. an incredible a part of his job 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 top of the Seven Year’s conflict in 1713. It comprises the battles at Bannockburn, Crecy, Agincourt, Flodden, the battles of the English Civil battle, Dunkirk Dunes, Tangiers, and the battles in the course of Marlborough’s campaigns. the quantity additionally strains the advance of eu Armies, infantry, cavalry and artillery, and the categorical alterations in Britain throughout the period.
ENGLISH ancient evaluation —"Mr. Fortescue has been the 1st to build a scholarly and attached tale of the expansion of our army associations and of the advance of strategies as published in a continuing 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.