The final sentences of this book: "In 1672 Charles II complained to the French ambassador that the French were harbouring English rebels, commenting that this would never have been done in Cromwell's time. He received the reply, `Ha, Sire, that was another matter: Cromwell was a great man and made himself feared by land and sea.'" This book explains why that was. The contents are:
P001: Background to Civil War, 1637-1642
P026: The European Background: War, Politics and the Military Revolution
P048: Recruitment, Uniform, Arms and Equipment
P079: Training Methods and Training Manuals
P095: Pay, Rations and Free Quarter
P108: Regiments, Roles and Responsibilities
P137: Strategy, Tactics and Siege Warfare
P172: Professionalism: Honour, Self-respect and Symbolism
P183: military Life in Camp and Garrison
P200: From Victory to Mutiny
P226: The Campaigns of the New Model Army, 1648-1653
P254: The Rise and Fall of a New World Power
P262: Notes, Index.
As you can see from the above, this is a thorough study of the New Model Army in its entirety, not just an account of its campaigns. This book will give you an understanding of how armies of the day were recruited, trained, fed, equipped and led. I found Chapter 7, Strategy, Tactics and Siege Warfare, particularly interesting, having just read David Lawrence's The Complete Soldier: Military Books and Military Culture in Early Stuart England, 1603-1645 (History of Warfare)
. The author shows that the New Model Army was created to fight battles in the "Swedish manner", and not to fight in then Dutch manner, as had been the custom for much of the preceding war. "Its structure shows that it was originally designed as a battlefield army, an army whose objective was to win the war through battlefield success. The indications for this are simple. The New Model Army consisted of twelve regiments of infantry, eleven of cavalry and one of dragoons. In 1645 the infantry regiments consisted of 1,200 men plus officers, and the cavalry regiments of 600 men plus officers. A contemporary army whose main objective was siege warfare would, by contemporary practice, have a ratio of three infantrymen to one cavalryman, but one whose service was to fight in the open field would have a ratio of two infantrymen to one cavalryman." I also found his discussion of uniform and flag colours to be of great interest - a `blue' regiment would be a regiment with blue flags, a `red' regiment would be one with red flags. If the regiment had red coats or blue coats, it would be referred to as a bluecoat or redcoat regiment. If only someone had explained that to me when I was painting my toy soldiers thirty years ago.
This is a well-written and informative book, and well worth reading - in fact, indispensable reading - for anyone interested in the military affairs of the early-mid seventeenth century.
Further readingThe Complete Soldier: Military Books and Military Culture in Early Stuart England, 1603-1645 (History of Warfare)An Apprenticeship in Arms: The Origins of the British Army 1585-1702Exercise of Arms: Warfare in the Dutch Revolt (1568-1648) (History of Warfare)