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NO WANT OF COURAGE: The British Army in Flanders, 1793-1795

NO WANT OF COURAGE: The British Army in Flanders, 1793-1795
by Thomas, R.N.W.


Provides considerable detail on the administrative structures necessary for the daily functioning of an army on campaign. Integral to this were the men engaged in staff positions, the commissariat and the medical departments, their suitability, how they were appointed, and their day-to-day responsibilities. Includes 11 b/w illustrations, 16 color illustrations, four maps, and 47 tables.

The internal organization of the British Army's fighting units is often taken for granted, but the start of any war during the 18th century inevitably led to rapid expansion and major developments in recruiting methods. As the proportion of recruits increased, unit cohesion and experience declined for both officers and men, affecting discipline, operational capability, and health; all factors which tend to be overlooked in standard campaign narratives. A key component of the fighting troops in Flanders were the Ordnance units, comprising the artillery and engineers, which are often neglected but so critical in providing firepower support and technical expertise. Similarly forgotten are the considerable numbers of women and children who officially accompanied forces in the field, all of whom came under military discipline and received their subsistence from the army. Their numbers, the roles they fulfilled and their experiences in Flanders are discussed in detail.

Underpinning the entire administrative structure of the army on campaign was its relationship with corresponding organizations at home. Performance in the field was heavily dependent on the effectiveness of working relationships on both sides. Structures evolved throughout the eighteenth century, becoming gradually more formalized with increased definition of the duties performed in each role, a process that was to continue until the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The Flanders campaign represented a key point in this evolutionary process at the start of the French Wars.

1 vol, 330 pgs 2022 UK, HELION AND COMPANY
NEW-pb, available late March 2022 ......$55.00 rct

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