Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword



Although An Army S Success Is Often Measured In Battle Outcomes, Its Victories Depend On Strengths That May Be Less Obvious On The Field In Sickness, Suffering, And The Sword, Military Historian Andrew Bamford Assesses The Effectiveness Of The British Army In Sustained Campaigning During The Napoleonic Wars In The Process, He Offers A Fresh And Controversial Look At Britain S Military System, Showing That Success Or Failure On Campaign Rested On The Day To Day Experiences Of Regimental Units Rather Than The Army As A Whole.Bamford Draws His Title From The Words Of Captain Moyle Sherer, Who During The Winter Of 1816 1817 Wrote An Account Of His Service During The Peninsular War My Regiment Has Never Been Very Roughly Handled In The Field But, Alas What Between Sickness, Suffering, And The Sword, Few, Very Few Of Those Men Are Now In Existence Bamford Argues That Those Daily Scourges Of Such Often Ignored Factors As Noncombat Deaths And Equine Strength And Losses Determined Outcomes On The Battlefield.In The Nineteenth Century, The British Army Was A Collection Of Regiments Rather Than A Single Unified Body, And The Regimental System Bore The Responsibility Of Supplying Manpower On That Field Between 1808 And 1815, When Britain Was Fighting A Global Conflict Far Greater Than Its Military Capabilities, The System Nearly Collapsed Only A Few Advantages Narrowly Outweighed The Army S Increasing Inability To Meet Manpower Requirements This Book Examines Those Critical Dynamics In Britain S Major Early Nineteenth Century Campaigns The Peninsular War 1808 1814 , The Walcheren Expedition 1809 , The American War 1812 1815 , And The Growing Commitments In Northern Europe From 1813 On.Drawn From Primary Documents, Bamford S Statistical Analysis Compares The Vast Disparities Between Regiments And Different Theatres Of War And Complements Recent Studies Of Health And Sickness In The British Army.Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword
  • Andrew Bamford
  • English
  • 09 November 2018
  • 9780806143439

13 thoughts on “Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword

  1. says:

    This book is meticulously researched and I am impressed with the statistics that it presents, for though computers can do the statistical analysis, the author had to provide the raw data by gleaning through diaries, war files, and the like If you are familiar with the military, you will find it easier to understand I know now the difference between a commanding officer and a field officer and a regiment and a battalion What the book impressed on me, inter alia, besides the physical difficulties lack of available ships weather, e.g of getting men and horses from Britain to Spain, was the statistical picture of how undermanned units could quickly become and how the British arrangement of lst and 2d battalions and for some units, 3d, and 4th , could not keep up with providing TRAINED men for the front, not just in the Peninsular War, but in the War of 1812, etc I am impressed with a new understanding of the difficulties that Wellington and all his officers faced with keeping their units up to strength and figuring out what to do when the system made it difficult to do so pretty much always, overall Most inter...

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