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By David French

ISBN-10: 0199258031

ISBN-13: 9780199258031

ISBN-10: 0199541051

ISBN-13: 9780199541058

The regimental process has been the root of the British military for 3 hundred years. This iconoclastic examine exhibits the way it was once refashioned within the past due 19th century, and the way it was once for this reason and time and again reinvented to fit the altering roles that have been pressured upon the army.

Based upon a mixture of reliable papers, deepest papers and private recollections, and upon learn within the nationwide data, regimental museums and collections, and different depositories, this publication demanding situations the assumptions of either the exponents and detractors of the process. the writer, David French, indicates that there has been now not one, yet a number of, regimental platforms and he demonstrates that localised recruiting was once frequently a failure. Many regiments have been by no means in a position to draw greater than a small
proportion in their recruits from their very own districts. He indicates that regimental loyalties weren't a primordial strength; regimental experts needed to create them and within the past due 19th century they synthetic new traditions with gusto, while in either global Wars regimental postings quick broke
down and regiments needed to take recruits from at any place they can locate them. French additionally argues that the idea that the British military was once undesirable at combating large battles as the regimental approach created a parochial army tradition is facile.

This is the 1st booklet to strip away the myths which were intentionally synthetic to justify or to sentence the regimental approach and to discover the truth underneath them. It hence illuminates our figuring out of the prior whereas concurrently throwing obvious new mild at the nonetheless carrying on with debate over where of the regimental procedure within the smooth military today.

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