The Nine Years' War and the British Army 1688 97: The Operations in the Low Countries Paperback – 2 Sep 2013
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John Childs is Emeritus Professor of Military History at the University of Leeds
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This is all good and well, Child's narration is smooth and comprehensive, but can be confusing at times what with all these names of various places and people being thrown at you it would have been nice to have a visual reference, but the tactical plans provided are too few, only Steenkirk and Neerwinden have them, and are of such poor quality as to be useless, for they provide no details as to the locations of various units or what their movements were in the course of the battle, which one has to admit is not very helpful. Maps are appear at the book's commencement, of the Low Countries, and Southern Brabant, but alas none for the many actions recorded within these pages, which serves to confuse and annoy, for the reader cannot fully understand the situation on the ground without some sort of visual aide.
As a final note Child's usage of the term "British" can be misleading, seeing at Great Britain did not come to be until the Scottish Parliament accepted the act of Union in 1707, a full decade after the events of the book take place, to clarify the term "British" is used to refer to the Irish and Scottish, as well as the English regiments involved in these campaigns, all of whom were united under a single monarch, but who's nations remained separate sovereign entities. All in all a good book for its kind, dealing with a conflict that is generally unknown and forgotten. The information is solid, and Child's presentation of it is worthy of praise, yet the lack of tactical plans for the many battles and sieges can become a nuisance. That and the fact that Child's focus is mostly upon that of the "British", paying very little attention to the French forces arrayed against them, or indeed the other national contingents of the allied army A good book, though for the price it could have been better.
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