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The British Army in Egypt 1801

An Underated Army Comes of Age

Series : From Reason to Revolution 1721-1815 #22

Author : Carole Divall

The British Army in Egypt 1801 : An Underated Army Comes of Age


General - Pages : 142 | Images : 38 colour ills, 13 b/w ills, 7 b/w maps

Paperback - Date of Publication : November 2018 | Size : 248mm x 180mm | ISBN : 9781911628149 | Helion Book Code : HEL1005

When the French declared war on Great Britain in 1793, they undermined the chosen policy of William Pitt, which had been to avoid conflict in order to repair the nation’s finances. The result of this policy was an understrength and inadequately resourced army. Whether campaigning on the continent in coalition with other European powers or picking up the colonial possessions of France and her allies, this army did little to add to its reputation. Yet, despite appearances, as the decade progressed there could be no doubt that improvements were taking place. When it was decided in 1800 that the French Army of the Orient, abandoned by Bonaparte, could be ejected from Egypt, the troops sent to achieve this objective were of a very different quality from those that had been dispatched to Flanders in 1793. This study analyses that force and its commanders, examines the preparations that contributed so notably to its success, and evaluates why it was able to take the fight to a battle-hardened Revolutionary force and defeat it.


"The whole is extremely informative and embellished with reference boards that will allow you to search or transform figurines to form an army of the Battle of Canope." VaeVictis


“This is a cracking little book, describing how the British Army finally grew into a proper fighting force...this is a really good concise history of a very important campaign.” Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy

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