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Sir Garnet Wolseley (ePub)

Soldier of Empire

Military > Biographies > Military Biographies Military > By Century > 19th Century Military > Pre-WWI P&S History > British History > Victorian History

By Dr Stephen Manning
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 8.8 MB (.epub)
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 20 colour
ISBN: 9781399072458
Published: 28th November 2023


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Field Marshal Lord Wolseley was an eminent Victorian, one of a handful of late nineteenth-century military men whose reputation transcends his age. He served the British empire in Burma, India, China, the Crimea, Canada, Asante, Egypt, South Africa and the Sudan. He excelled as a regimental soldier, staff officer, army commander and reformer and eventually commander-in-chief. Yet there has been no substantial work on Wolseley for a generation and a reassessment based upon a fresh look at the man and his achievements is long overdue. That is why Stephen Manning’s perceptive military biography, which sets Wolseley firmly in the context of his period and seeks to strip away the legend that developed during his lifetime, is so timely and important.

Each of Wolseley’s campaigns is examined in vivid detail and there are graphic descriptions of the major battles in which he took part, either as an officer or a general. His performance as a commander, from his great success during the expedition against the Asante to his failure to rescue Gordon from Khartoum, is critically assessed to see if he deserves his brilliant reputation. His efforts as an army reformer are examined too, in particular whether he could have done more to prepare Britain for war against the Boers.

Stephen Manning’s incisive account of Wolseley’s career will be fascinating reading for anyone who is interested in the British army in the nineteenth century, in colonial warfare and in the exploits of one of Queen Victoria’s most admired generals.

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About Dr Stephen Manning

Dr Stephen Manning is an Honorary Research Fellow in the History Department at the University of Exeter and has made a special study of Victorian military history. In addition to publishing many articles in academic journals he has written several books including Evelyn Wood VC: Pillar of Empire, Soldiers of the Queen, Quebec: The Story of Three Sieges, The Martini-Henry Rifle, Bayonet to Barrage: Weaponry on the Victorian Battlefield and Britain at War with the Asante Nation 1823-1900: ‘The White Man’s Grave’.

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