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James Falkner served as a British Army infantry officer, both Regular and Territorial, for 25 years, and was a Company Secretary for seventeen years until retirement. James is acknowledged as being amongst the leading modern authorities on 18th Century warfare, particularly the campaigns of John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, and the work of the celebrated French military engineer Marshal Vauban. James Falkner has also made a special study of the Virginia campaigns in the American Civil War. He regularly gives lectures and presentations to a wide range of militaria and learned societies, and spoke to great acclaim at the National Army Museum's 'Britain's Greatest General' seminar, and at The National Archives recent commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht. Elected as a Member of the British Commission for Military History, he writes for the leading militaria and historical journals, and for many years has led as the expert guide tour parties to battlefields all across western Europe. James Falkner is married with two daughters, and lives in Hampshire, England.
A vivid account of the Duke of Marlborough's great victories over the mighty French Army during the War of Spanish Succession - from grand strategic moves which spanned Europe to homely incidents of camp life. Acknowledged as the greatest military leader of the age, his triumphs changed the course of European history.
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Detailed and interesting account of Marlborough's operations which I found useful BUT the extremely low standard of proof-reading produces an irritating and unacceptably large number of errors which interferes with the pleasure of reading this account.
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5.0 out of 5 starsFirst Class8 Jun 2003
By Matthew Belt - Published on Amazon.com
I have read many books on the Duke of Marlborough, and this is hands-down the best. Lengthy discussion of logistics, strategy, and tactics are boiled down to a manageable and lay-man-accessible size. Fair and balanced evaluation of costs of battles and judgement on the part of the commanders involved, this book is first-rate!