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Soldiers: Army Lives and Loyalties from Redcoats to Dusty Warriors

 
 
Author
Richard Holmes.
Publisher Harper  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 2 inches
ISBN 9780007225705
Pages/Publication Date 656/2011
Daedalus Item Code 36163
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From the redcoat who served Charles II to the modern, camouflage-clad guard at Camp Bastion, from battlefield to barrack-room, this is a sweeping social history of the British soldier told by one of their own, military historian and broadcaster Richard Holmes. Since 1660 the army has evolved and adapted, but the social organization of the men has changed less, with the major combat arms retaining many of the characteristics familiar to those who fought at Blenheim, Waterloo, and the Somme. The book is brimming with tales, from the chaos of the battlefield to the fug of the barrack-room, from Ulster, Bengal, and Flanders' fields to the Afghan hills, and Holmes's affection for the soldier comes through on every page.

"Almost every page is adorned with a fascinating fact or amusing vignette ... illuminating just how much, and how little, the Army has changed over the centuries. Holmes was a first-rate military historian and his passion for his subject shines through. 'That article' [the British Tommy] could not hope for a finer champion."Mail on Sunday (London)

 
 
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