Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors

Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors

Richard Holmes


From the redcoat who served Charles II to the trendy, camouflage-clad protect at Camp Bastion, from battlefield to barrack-room, it is a magisterial social background of the British soldier.

Since 1660 the military has developed and tailored, however the social company of the lads has replaced much less, with the key strive against fingers conserving the various features commonplace to people who fought at Blenheim, Waterloo and the Somme. The Duke of Marlborough, who equipped up the British military to develop into a world-class scuffling with strength within the 1660s, could understand within the drained heroes of Helmand the descendants of the lads he ended in victory at Blenheim over 300 years ago.

‘Soldiers’ is exhaustively researched, and Holmes’s affection for the soldier shines via on each web page. specially, this ebook is brimming with nice tales, from the chaos of the battlefield to the fug of the barrack-room, from Ulster to Bengal, from Flanders’ fields to the Afghan hills. this can be a magisterial social historical past of the British soldier – and Richard Holmes’s becoming final tribute to the British soldier to whom he used to be so devoted.

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