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By Jonathan Bastable

This can be a attention-grabbing number of tales exploring the fewer well-trodden byways of Britain's lengthy historical past of conflicts. From the Romans vs Britons to the battle on terror, "Amazing & amazing proof: the British at conflict" uncovers the heroic, tragic and sometimes ordinary evidence at the back of the various best-known battles in British background. short, obtainable and wonderful items on a wide selection of matters makes it's the ideal publication to dip in to. the superb and remarkable proof sequence provides attention-grabbing, magnificent and little-known proof and tales a few wide selection of issues that are certain to tell, soak up and entertain in equivalent degree.

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But the earliest definitely attributed use of the phrase belongs to a Scottish officer, the magnificently named Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Andrew Agnew of Lochnaw. ’ Crucially, of course, the closer the enemy at the moment of firing, the more of them were likely to be hit and killed. The key thing was for the riflemen to hold their nerve. The French marshall Thomas Bugeaud, who fought against Britain as a junior officer in the Peninsular War, has left an account of what it felt like to face a well-drilled infantry regiment, firing in volleys at close range.

In terms of character and personality, too, they could hardly have been more different. Wellington was gruff, plain-speaking, unpretentious; Nelson, his immense personal courage notwithstanding, was vain, self-conscious, and inordinately fond of the awards and titles that were showered on him. The meeting between these two giants of British military history came about completely by chance, in London on September 10th, 1805. Nelson by that time was a long-standing national hero, at home for a few weeks before putting out to sea; Wellington was a successful but still little-known commander, recently returned from a long campaign against the Maratha Empire in India.

Hadrian’s wall, which marks the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire, is in some ways a monument to the Romans’ military failure. Sergeant-Major Gandhi A great soul in the British Army Mohandas Gandhi, the prophet of non-violence and architect of Indian independence, twice served in the British armed forces. In 1899, when the Boer War broke out, Gandhi was working in Natal as a lawyer. He felt that it might help Indians in South Africa to win civil rights if they were seen to take on civic responsibilities, such as serving in the army.

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