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This review is from: Fusiliers. Eight Years with the Redcoats in America (Hardcover)I found this book to be an enjoyable read but a strange mix of themes. The concluding chapter on military reform bears little relevence to the 23rd and the links drawn are tentative. It is neither a history of the regiment nor a history of the Revolution but follows the the main events of the war where the Royal Welsh Fusiliers fought. Having said that the book travels through the early disasters of the regiment and on to its successes and glories and then concludes by looking at the lessons learned (or not learned) by the British Army in a way that I found thoroughly engaging.
The book is intersting in its portrayal of Earl Conrwallis, often derided by American historians, Mark Urban puts his contribution into context and shows him as an adaptable and effective soldier. I thoroughly enjoyed the book but I felt this was because I'm already familiar with the history and had the background knowledge to place the book within the greater context of the war (and unite some of the varying themes). If you are not familiar with the American war of Independence this wouldn't be the book to start with, being more of a supplementary history than a main-line one, but it would be a good second book...
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2010 13:31:03 BDT
Peter O'Hanrahanrahan says:
A very helpful review. Could you recommend a book to use as a starting point for someone interested in a broader overview of the American war of independence?
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