- Andrew Limm
- ARRSE Rating
- 3.5 Mushroom Heads
It covers the attitudes to planning, working with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, and with each other, detailing the feuds, mistakes in deployments, poor logistics, bad timing, the career protection after failures, and the lack of independent reviews of the causes of failure. I learned about Walcheren Fever, and the senior officers’ lack of concern about the number of soldiers who died from it.
It looks at the reforms introduced by the Duke of York, what he thought they were going to achieve, how they were implemented and what was actually achieved.
It’s an interesting book, and the author has obviously done a lot of research and analysis. It’s written in a readable style and full of comparisons between the British, French and Prussian armies of the time.
I would recommend this book to anyone studying the management of military campaigns, and who is generally interested in the military history of the Napoleonic period.