Tony Jeaps' work is one of the seminal books about post Second World War special forces soldiering and therefore an essential read for those interested in small campaigns and how small groups of carefully selected, dedicated professional soldiers make an extraordinary contribution. It is a challenge to read the book and not to want to find out more.
Oxford & Cambridge Club Military History Group
AT first sight, this book describes how, between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries, innovations in firearms led to improvements in fortifications and to the professionalisation of armies. It is written in a jocular fashion that makes it easy to read and, whilst there are few references in the text, the copious bibliography is a testament to the depth of learning that has gone into its making. Urban also adopts a different approach to the so-called military revolution, looking at the impact of military innovations on peripheral groups and societies, whether Kalmyk herders on the Russian steppes, Native Americans along the Appalachian frontier, or the pauperised population of pre-revolutionary France.
Australian Naval Institute - John Johnston