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Fusiliers [Kindle Edition]

Mark Urban
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From Lexington Green in 1775 to Yorktown in 1781, one regiment marched thousands of miles and fought a dozen battles to uphold British rule in America: the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Along the way, the Fusiliers adopted new tactics and promoted new leaders which together laid the foundations for the subsequent performance against Napoleon. Drawing on a wealth of new research, Mark Urban, author of the bestselling Rifles, reveals the inner life of the regiment - and, through it, of the British Army as a whole - as it lost the battle against the American revolutionaries, but simultaneously revolutionised the way Britain fought.

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Praise for "Fusiliers": "his [Urban's] assiduous research uncovers numerous human-interest stories. The paucity of records generally precludes composition of unit histories for the war, but Urban capitalizes on an exception, one that readers accustomed to the Patriot side of the struggle will not want to miss."-"Booklist" "A spirited portrait of life during the American Revolution from the perspective of the British army...comprehensive and engrossing account...A passionately presented book full of intriguing revelations."-"Kirkus" Praise for Mark Urban's "Wellington's Rifles": "Urban successfully rounds out the character of this notable unit and achieves an authoritative history."--"Booklist" """A fascinating narrative...Urban gives readers remarkable insight into the battles of the Peninsular War from Talavera to Tarbes...Fans of Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe saga will find this an often eye-opening supplement."--"Library Journal" "The six years make for a great tale, and Mark Urban tells it superbly. If you like Sharpe, then this book is a must."--Bernard Cornwell, author of "Sharpe's Rifles"

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Fusiliers by Mark Urban is the thrilling and untold story of one Redcoat regiment's epic battle against the Americans.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1600 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Non Fiction; Main edition (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI91KS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 3 Aug. 2008
The author has a depth of knowledge of events which are enlightening and entertaining. Much effort appears to have gone into unearthing contemporary accounts giving a refreshing and unbiased view of events with a ring of truth about them unlike the standard texts which can be misleading generalisations. Well worth the money, not only for a gripping read as well as an historical record .
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I read Mark Urban's book a few years ago now but recently picked it off my book shelf having rekindled an interest in the military history of the American Revolution. I think Urban did a fine job with this book, both at transporting us back in time to the festering revolutionary melting pot that was 1770s Massachusetts and Boston in particular and in providing a gripping read that follows the experiences of a number of real life officers and men of the Royal Welch Fusiliers or 23rd Regiment of Foot. Modern American historians have tended to over glamorise the activities of the founding fathers and the revolutionaries as a struggle against tyranny and oppression while conveniently ignoring the fact that the cause of revolution was only ever actively supported by 45-50% of the inhabitants of the American colonies with the remainder being composed of loyalists and those who just wanted a quiet life. Hence we get the Hollywood version of this history so beloved of Mel Gibson and his absurd film ' The Patriot' which conveniently ignores the large numbers of Americans who served in loyalist units (with the notable exception of Colonel Banastre Tarleton's American Legion cavalry) like the American Volunteers, Prince of Wales's Volunteers, Volunteers of Ireland, the Queen's Rangers and North Carolina Volunteers. Indeed at the Battle of Camden portrayed in said film almost one half of General Cornwallis's force was comprised of American loyalist troops. Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fusiliers 13 Sept. 2012
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Fusiliers starts by telling the story of the Royal Welch Fusiliers in America during the War of Independence through the eyes of a number of different individuals letters from varying Officers and ranks. This makes for an interesting narrative but the story soon loses its way as Mark Urban obviously struggled to find one consistent source of information to cover the whole war. As a result individuals you have been following leave the regiment or are killed or injured in battle quite early on, making the whole story seem disjointed and the characters hard to empaphise with.

Nor do I agree with the claim of the sub title "How the British Army lost America but learned how to fight". It is clear from reading the history of the previous French and Indian Wars that Britain learned its lesson on frontier fighting during that conflict. By the time of the War of Independence Britain had already succesfully learned to incorporate light companies into its regiments and to employ flanking strategies to deal with the American militia. I'm not sure Mark Urban ever really gives any convincing arguements to back up his claim except to say that the Americans were still better at this type of skirmishing warfare.

As a history of the War of Independence "Fusiliers" is too tightly focused on the military aspects, and specifically on the actions of the one regiment. For a broader overview I would reccomend Robert Harvey's book "A Few Bloody Noses" in its place.

This book would be of most interest to someone specifically interested in the military history of the War of Independence as there are some very good explanations of the weapons and tactics used and some detailed maps. However, it is not an easy read and could have benefited from more of a narrative history approach to add more colour and more descriptions to the story told in the letters quoted throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British Army: American Tour 1776-83 21 Aug. 2010
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The American War of Independence is a rich source for historical debate. How might the rebels have been defeated? How might the Crown ever have thought it could win? It was fought from Quebec to the borders of Florida. It had the strange sight of the supporters of Liberty allied to absolutism, and an imperial power linked to slave risings.

Mark Urban has picked on a clever historical witness: a regiment of the British Army, to follow through this long complex war. Because it fought in many places, and fought differently as the art of war developed we see the war through the eyes of men of the Royal Welch Fusiliers with whom we have journeyed for a long time. Urban is not of the mythologising American strain, nor the enragé school of Bicheno, and his history is one of a war full of anomaly and inconsistency. It is all the better for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fusiliers 10 Nov. 2014
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Whilst not quite as enthralling as 95th Rifles it's still a very good read. The book dispels many of the myths concerning the British fighting ability and attitude in America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb overview of this conflict 6 Oct. 2014
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Mark Urban has written a superb tale of the American War of Independence, well researched and unbiased in opinions which destroys many of the myths about that War . By concentrating on one regiment present at many of the focal conflicts of the time, he weaves a concise and fascinating account . I would urge anyone interested in the conflict on either side of the Atlantic to buy this book which I expect to read more than once. I purchased the hardback edition of this book from an Amazon retailer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. well written and very informative about the ...
Good read . well written and very informative about the Revolutionary War
Published 20 days ago by Roger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 1 month ago by Dilwtn Tasker
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read if you enjoy history from a soldiers perspective
A great read if you enjoy history from a soldiers perspective. I was in New York when I read this book and could picture the battles and skirmishes of the British Redcoat in the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Charles Ashton
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The book was easy to read and gave me a new insight into the American revolutionary war and subsequent developments within the British army. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. J. Pope
5.0 out of 5 stars very happy with my
Everything about the transaction was top quality, very happy with my purchase
Published 11 months ago by Bill Hartley
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging book, I was looking for an overview ...
An engaging book, I was looking for an overview of the American War of Independence. This seems to do it for me as it views it from a human perspective taking into account varying... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. T. Fielden
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as per Hollywood.
I like Mark Urban's works, his thorough research allied to his writing style makes for history I can absorb and enjoy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by R. Mcpherson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good/
Great read, very interesting and engaging.
Published 13 months ago by Nicholas Fromage
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining.....but myopic and misses the mark on basic facts
I enjoyed this book, it was a Christmas present some years back. The history of the revolutionary war of war of independence is a passion of mine, as is military history. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Bolt
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I collect Mark Urban so was well pleased to get this at a good price. It's a good read. Very good service.
Published 18 months ago by Lord Greymold
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