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by Allan Mallinson


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On the Falklands he is wary of the still-raw nerve of two Foot Guards battalions chosen for the task force instead of others more combat ready.

The Making of the British Army: From the English Civil War to the War On Terror (2009). The book examines nearly 500 years of the British Army and examines how its military actions has made it one of the most effective fighting forces in the world today. Mallinson demonstrates how people and events have shaped the army's development.

ALLAN MALLINSON is a former infantry and cavalry officer of thirty-five years' service worldwide

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, and which has been recently revised and updated. 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. Num Pages: 752 pages, Illustrations (some co., maps, ports.

FROM Roman times until the English Civil War neither England nor Scotland had a standing army. In this lucid, absorbing book Allan Mallinson professes that he is not writing the history of the army but is instead trying to explain its present in terms of its past. As a former cavalry officer and the author of 10 historical novels about cavalry officer Matthew Hervey in the years following Waterloo, Mallinson combines a professional’s feel for his subject with a populist touch.

Mallinson, a former British Army officer himself, writes an interesting book on the history of what was once a major .

Mallinson, a former British Army officer himself, writes an interesting book on the history of what was once a major force in the history of the world. 2 people found this helpful. He walks the reader up through the English Civil War, the dynastic wars of Europe, the trauma and glory of the Napoleonic wars, the wars of the British Empire, the World Wars, and the recessional of the Empire. Along the way, he examines the ebb and flow of manning, the roles of some very good leaders and a few that weren't, and especially, the many benefits of the regimental system.

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The Making of the British Army

The Making of the British Army. Ashley Jackson enjoys a general history of the army, from the English Civil War to the war on terror. Mallinson serves up a narrative of the army’s evolution that derives authority from the fact that the author spent decades as an officer, attaining the rank of full colonel.

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The definitive story of the British army from one of the UK's bestselling historical novelists.From the English Civil War to today's War on Terror: in this sweeping account of nearly 500 years of military history, former soldier Allan Mallinson looks at how the Army's dramatic past has made it one of the most effective fighting forces in the world today.He shows us the people and events that have shaped the army we know today: how Marlborough's momentous victory at Blenheim is linked to Wellington's at Waterloo; how the desperate fight at Rorke's Drift in 1879 underpinned the heroism of the airborne forces in Arnhem in 1944; and why Montgomery's momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over.This is the story of hard-won military experience. From the Army's birth at the battle of Edgehill in 1642 to our current conflict in Afghanistan, this is history at its most relevant -- and most dramatic.

From the Hardcover edition.
Urtte
If you like Mallinson's style in the Matthew Hervey series, you will certainly enjoy this important work of history. Great writing, fascinating details, incredible insight into the creation, administration and history of the British Army. One of the best books I've read on the topic. Most highly recommended.
Shalinrad
This book traces the development of the British Army starting with the English Civil War. Yes, that sounds ponderous. I found this book to be a good way of learning about the key battles (tactics, people, good & bad decisions, repercussions) that shaped the British Army and history. Yes, the big battles are there; e.g. Blenheim, Waterloo, but the smaller battles (Dettingen, Saratoga) are there. This book brings the personalities to life. I never new that John Churchill, Duke of Marlborugh (Blenheim Palace) was called "Corporal John" by his troops because he took great care to make certain they were well supplied and looked after on campaign. Fans of the Matthew Hervey series will know Brigadier Mallinson's love for the Army and its soldiers. What also comes across is his love of horses.
Eng.Men
If you want a good overview of the forces and people that have shaped the British Army over the past three hundred years, this is an excellent book. It gives a good view of the larger issues influencing defense policy, while at the same time providing enough detail about specific actions to hold a history buff's attention.
Taun
Excellent book by an author who knows his subject intimately. Mallinson, a former British Army officer himself, writes an interesting book on the history of what was once a major force in the history of the world.
Akelevar
Yet another Fantastic book by General Mallinson
Uriel
Good history, starting with British Civil War.
Whiteseeker
Allan Mallinson's "The Making of the British Army" is a superbly readable narrative history, following the British Army from the English Civil War to today's war on terrorism. Although there are good accounts of many battles and campaigns, Mallinson's theme is a thoughtful exploration of the slow growth of professionalism in a standing army, itself a new concept for a 17th Century island monarchy.

Mallinson was a long-serving professional in the British Army, and he brings considerable clear-eyed experience to his task. He walks the reader up through the English Civil War, the dynastic wars of Europe, the trauma and glory of the Napoleonic wars, the wars of the British Empire, the World Wars, and the recessional of the Empire. Along the way, he examines the ebb and flow of manning, the roles of some very good leaders and a few that weren't, and especially, the many benefits of the regimental system. His comments on the Irish "troubles" and the War on Terrorism are even-handed and pungent.

The text is supported by a decent collection of maps, diagraphs, and a few photographs, but mostly, it is carried by Mallinson's engaging style. If this might not quite rise to the level of an academic work, it is certainly a first-rate popular history with solid sourcing. Recommended to fans and students of the British Army.
A very readable history of the British Army. I enjoyed reading about my own tiny snapshot of experience in the middle of all the past and ongoing history and heroism.
The Making of the British Army: From the English Civil War to the War on Terror ebook
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Allan Mallinson
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