The Glorious Revolution and the Army

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I am rereading "To Rule the Waves'
Arthur Herman (Harper Collins)
On P. 216 he states "James' 40,000 man establishment had scattered to the Winds"

I was under the impression that after William of Orange had landed, James rather quickly lost his grip on things. with defeat starring him in the face, rather than "lose" the Army, he ordered it to "disband".
As I understand it, the Army promptly went over to William, led byone John Churchill. So that English/British Army did not "scatter" too far.
It would also, if you take this view at face value, invalidate rather a number of regiments' claims to longevity.
Anyone got any pointers on this, books etc?
Cheers
 

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