Pen and Sword Books: The British Field Marshals 1736 - 1997

The British Field Marshals 1736 - 1997
The British Field Marshals 1736 - 1997 (6 reviews)
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War Two Books
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384 pages
ISBN: 9781848848818
Published: 6 June 2012
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Whether any advantage or benefit will be drawn from the suspension – or effective abolition – of the rank of Field Marshal is debatable. What is certain, however, is that Dr Tony Heathcote’s idea of compiling a definitive biographical
dictionary of holders of this illustrious rank since its introduction by George II in 1736, is opportune and inspired.

Those readers who anticipate a dry recitation of bare facts and statistics are in for a disappointment. A reference work this may be but the author, by dint of his depth of knowledge, has created a shrewd and highly readable commentary as well.

As General Sir Charles Guthrie (the first soldier to be denied promotion to Field Marshal on appointment to Chief of Defence Staff) observes in his Foreword, this book embraces the history of the British Army over the last 250-300 years. It covers not only the careers of key individuals but provides an understanding of their contribution to the successes and failures of our military past. The diversity of personalities, who have only the honour of wearing the coveted crossed batons in common, is fascinating. Alongside the household names of the great strategists and distinguished leaders lie little known and forgotten figures, who gained their exalted rank by either luck, accident of birth or diplomatic gesture.

The British Field Marshals merits a place on the bookshelf of any military historian but is likely to be found on his or her bedside table. Whether or not the rank is ever resurrected, as it has been in the past and as many will hope it will be again, this delightful and useful book will remain the authoritative guide to all those who have held the highest military rank in the British Army
Product Reviews
As well as the household name – Wellington, Haig, Montgomery – it includes a host of forgotten ones, not just soldiers but royals, British and foreign appointed for raisons d’etat.
The Times, 12th January 2013
Having been the principal curator of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, the author writes with considerable background knowledge and authority. This is not a book to read at a single sitting, - as well as... [read full review]
News Letter, Belfast, 17 Nov 2012
This is a useful reference work and an interesting read
History of War
All those interested in the British Army’s history will want this invaluable work on their shelves. A short introduction sketches the background and there are useful appendices and a bibliography. Biographies of our 138 field... [read full review]
Soldier Magazine, Nov 2012
The entries are arranged alphabetically, with a number in brackets denoting the place in seniority in the overall list. Each gives a straightforward account of family background, education, units, promotions, appointments, honours, decorations and significant... [read full review]
Guy Warner
This book provides a detailed biographical essay on every one of them, with as many details of their careers and personal lives as possible in one volume
Family Tree Magazine
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