The Making of the British Army Published 10 September 2009 by Random House http://www.rbooks.co.uk/product.aspx?id=0593051084 From the English Civil War to today's War on Terror: in this sweeping account of nearly 500 years of military history, former soldier Allan Mallinson looks at how the Armyâs dramatic past has made it one of the most effective fighting forces in the world today. He shows us the people and events that have shaped the army we know today: how Marlboroughâs momentous victory at Blenheim is linked to Wellingtonâs at Waterloo; how the desperate fight at Rorkeâs Drift in 1879 underpinned the heroism of the airborne forces in Arnhem in 1942; and why Montgomeryâs momentous victory at El Alamein mattered long after the Second World War was over. This is the story of hard-won military experience. From the Armyâs birth at the battle of Edgehill in 1642 to our current conflict in Afghanistan, this is history at its most relevant - and most dramatic TBH I haven't read any of his earlier works, but it seems an intriguing sweeping history. Has anyone read his earlier stuff?