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Bull Run to Boer War

How the American Civil War Changed the British Army

Bull Run to Boer War : How the American Civil War Changed the British Army

Series : Wolverhampton Military Studies #32

Author : Michael Somerville

Paperback Helion & Company 234mm x 156mm 384 pages 18 b/w photos, 9 b/w ills

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The American Civil War is often said to have predicted the way in which later wars such as the Boer War and the First World War would be fought. As a result the British Army has been criticised for not heeding its lessons, a view that can be traced back to the 1930s. This book challenges that long-held view, and demonstrates that the responses to the lessons of the war in the British Army were more complex, better informed, and of higher quality, than normally depicted. Key to this new interpretation is that it takes a nineteenth century perspective rather than pre-supposing what the British should have seen based upon hindsight from the South African veldt or the Western Front trenches. It demonstrates that strategists and policy-makers reacted to the changes in the nature of warfare suggested by American experience, looks at how officers in the cavalry, infantry, artillery and engineers applied their observations in America to the technical and tactical issues of the day, and even examines the war’s influence on the development of aeronautics. In studying how the Civil War changed the Late Victorian British Army, the book provides insight into its learning process, and concludes that although sometimes flawed, its study of the American Civil War meant that it was better prepared for the wars of the twentieth century than previously acknowledged.

Additional Information

Publisher
Helion & Company
ISBN
9781912866250
Date of Publication
November 2019
Binding
Paperback
Book Size
234mm x 156mm
Pages
384 pages
Images
18 b/w photos, 9 b/w ills
Language
English text
Helion Book Code
HEL1116
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