Edgehill, 1642: Surveying the disastrous scene in the aftermath of the first battle of the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell realizes that war can no longer be made in the old, feudal way: there has to be system and discipline, and therefore - eventually - a standing professional army.
By acclaimed novelist, former cavalry officer and now the "Daily Telegraph" defence columnist, comes a timely and controversial history of the British Army from the 17th century to the present day.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Allan Mallinson is a former infantry and cavalry officer of thirty-five years' service worldwide. He is the author of the Matthew Hervey series, and of Light Dragoons, a history of four regiments of British Cavalry, one of which he commanded. As well as writing on defence matters for The Times and formerly for the Daily Telegraph, he is a regular reviewer for The Times, the Spectator and the Literary Review.
"Fascinating... clear and concise... important. It is hard to see this book being bettered in the near future" -- Simon Heffer DAILY TELEGRAPH "I learned a lot" -- Jeremy Paxman OBSERVER "This is no mere paperback edition of Mallinson's acclaimed 2009 hardback. He presents a revised and updated version that no self-respecting defense commentator can risk being without" THE TIMES "A compelling history of the British Army" -- Emmanuelle Smith FT "Mallinson is surely right to stress the one enduring quality of the British Army: 'operational resilience'" -- Saul David SPECTATOR
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