By John William Fortescue

Sir John Fortescue holds a pre-eminent position among British army historians, his enduring repute and legacy resting almost always on his life’s paintings “The background of the British Army”, issued in 20 volumes, which took him a few 30 years to accomplish. In scope and breadth it truly is such that no sleek student has tried to hide any such huge and various topic in its entirety; yet Sir John did so with aplomb, resulting in a readable and entire study.

According to Professor Emeritus of army background at King’s collage, Brian Bond, the paintings used to be “the fabricated from indefatigable study in unique records, a decision to offer a transparent, exact, and readable narrative of army operations, and a detailed own wisdom of the battlefields, which enabled him to explain his account with very good maps. most vital, besides the fact that, was once his motivation: specifically, a lifelong affection for the previous, long-service, pre-Cardwell military, the spirit of the regiments of which it principally consisted, and the worth of its traditions to the state. a huge a part of his activity used to be 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 warfare in 1713. It comprises the battles at Bannockburn, Crecy, Agincourt, Flodden, the battles of the English Civil struggle, Dunkirk Dunes, Tangiers, and the battles in the course of Marlborough’s campaigns. the quantity additionally lines the improvement of eu Armies, infantry, cavalry and artillery, and the explicit alterations in Britain through the period.

ENGLISH historic overview —"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 printed in a continual sequence of wars. His sort is lucid, and his descriptions of battles are effortless to persist with. yet his leader advantage is a well-balanced judgment."

A needs to learn for any army fanatic.

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The Marquis de Alorna was never again to see his lovely family estate near Santarem. 43 THE PLATES A1: Fusilier, Legion of Light Troops, c1805 In about 1803-05 the uniform of the Legion changed and became more stylish. The infantry were clothed with a sky blue coatee with a black collar, cuffs and turnbacks, three rows of brass buttons on the chest connected by flat yellow lace, two laces at the collar, two on the cuff and two above on the lower sleeve; yellow lace edged the facings. They received both white gaiter-trousers and sky blue breeches, with black gaiters.

Ordem de Dia, 30 July 1811 and 24 March 1813) C2: Officer, 12th Cazadores, 1811-15 The officers' jacket was trimmed with black silk cord from 1809. We show the epaulettes which were the regulation rank distinction. However, a system of laces made official in 1815 may have been previously used from about 1813 in some units. The 12th had scarlet collars and sky blue cuffs. Although not at full strength the battalion was reported by Dr Halliday to be 'in excellent order'. At the battle of Salamanca the 12th distinguished itself by taking a French Eagle, which LtCol Crookshanks 'delivered to General Pack on the field of battle' (Halliday).

RIGHT Chasseur, Portuguese Legion of the French army, 1810. Chasseurs had green epaulettes with yellow crescents, here attached to a French greatcoat; green shako cords, yellow-overred plumes and a brass bugle horn badge. (Print after Vernet) turnbacks and piping, pewter buttons; brown breeches laced white or brown overalls with a scarlet stripe to each side. The helmet was discarded for a French-style shako with brass plate and chinscales, white cords and green pompon. The elite companies had a fur busby with red bag piped white.

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