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on 18 October 2011
This is a book that delivers what it promises. It covers organization, technology and tactics of early 18th century warfare (a time when war was still somewhat artistic). The more casual reader will probably find this book a little boring with all the detailed information on exactly how many horsemen were in a squadron in the late 17th century French army, how that changed in the early 1710s and how this was subtly different from the Imperial army, just to name an example. On the other hand, probably most people who would even think of buying this book would get exactly what they expect. Chandler does not write extremely lively, but again you don't really expect that in a book of this nature.
I quite liked the sections on fortifications/sieges and on infantry musketry, however I would not have minded if the author would have better explained why exactly firing by platoon is more efficient than firing by line, for example, or if he had provided a bit more detail on how fortifications were actually stormed. Anyway, the section at the end summarizing all battles & sieges of this era is a real nice bonus. Overall, good marks.
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on 1 October 2015
Superb book - THE definitive book on the subject. An absolute 'must have' for anyone interested in Marlborough and/or the War of the Spanish Succession.
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on 12 August 2017
The go to book for war gamers, especially those starting out and wanting to understand the strategies and tactics of the period.
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on 13 February 2016
Excellent
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on 3 December 2012
Covers not just Marlborough but from the 1689's to the 1740's. The detail is superb covering the various arm of the military, horse,foot, artillery and engineers in depth. Also covered is the equipment,uniforms and their cost! some of the tables are a little cluttered, would have been better in landscape as opposed to portrait but the diagrams are clear with some very nice period drawings. A slow read but it is what you should expect with a book containing this much detail. If you need to know how to create and use an army in this period, then read this book I think it pretty well covers it all. Everything except why the British firing by platoon is more deadly that the French firing by line? Well written, easy to follow a must have for serious students of this period.
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VINE VOICEon 3 April 2011
Chandler tells the lay reader everything they would want to know about the mechanics of warfare in the first decade of the eighteenth century whilst also looking at evidence from, and drawing conclusions about, the half centuries either side. The book is logically organised into sections on infantry, cavalry, artillery, engineering and sieges. The last two sections are particularly helpful in illustrating the fact that war at that time (as before and since) was as much about grand strategy and logistics as about battlefield tactics. The book is understandably focussed mainly on Britain and France, but does cover others such as Holland, Sweden, Russia and the Ottoman Empire in a limited way. There are also brief summaries of the careers of Vauban and Coehoorn.

There are a few black and white illustrations plus some schematics of fortress design of the time.
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