DESTRUCTIVE & FORMIDABLE: British Infantry Fire Power

DESTRUCTIVE & FORMIDABLE: British Infantry Fire Power

DAVID BLACKMORE    Book Number: 84795    Product format: Hardback

Dr Blackmore is a former curator at the Royal Armouries and his book begins by considering the procedures and practices of soldiers in a given period. In the 17th and 18th centuries the British Army's victories over the French at battles such as Blenheim in 1704, Minden and Quebec in 1759 and over the Jacobites at Culloden in 1746 were largely credited to its infantry's particularly effective and deadly firepower. For the first time the author has gone back to original drill manuals and other contemporary sources to discover the reasons behind this. Dr Blackmore analyses exactly how things were done and, in turn, why events unfolded as they did. What is revealed is a specifically British set of tactics which explain how that superiority was achieved and then maintained over such a long period. The findings may correct many of the misconceptions about British infantry firepower in the age of the musket and linear warfare and this is a major contribution to our understanding of this section of British military history. Chapters include The Age of the Matchlock, William III and the Nine Years' War, The Age of Marlborough 1702-14 and Humphrey Bland and the Duke of Cumberland 1714-49 and The French and Indian War among them. With diagrams for example platoon firing at Culloden.
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