The British OfficerLeading the Army from 1660 to the present
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An Army officer must lead men into frightening and dangerous situations and sometimes make them do things that they never thought they could do. This book recounts how British officers have led their men, and commanded their respect, from the days of Marlborough to the Second Iraq war of 2003. Anthony Clayton explores who the officers, men and now women, have been and are, where they came from, what ideals or traditions have motivated them, and their own perceptions of themselves. His account tells the fascinating story of how the role of the military officer evolved, illustrated by a selection of captivating images, and the personal memoirs, biographies and autobiographies of officers.
1.Introduction - The History of a Profession
2. The Officer in the Restoration Army
3. The Officer in the Armies of the Later Stuarts
4. The Officers of the Georgian Army to 1793
5. The Officer in the Era of Wellington
6. The Officer from Waterloo to the Crimea
7. Crimea and the Indian Mutiny
8. The Victorian Army Officer
9. The Edwardian Army Officer
10. The Regular Officer 1914-1918
11. The Regular Officer Between The Two World Wars
12. The Officer 1940-45
13. The Officer in the First Post-War Years
14. From Aden to Belfast and Basra
15. British Officers of Imperial Regiments.
16. The Officers of the Support Services
- Draws on entirely new and unseen sources
- Includes illustrations of British officers from the 17th Century to the present
- Up to date military events such as the Iraq War are discussed
Anthony Clayton was a senior lecturer at R.M.A Sandhurst. He has had a long standing interest in military history; he has been a Lieutenant Colonel in the territorial Army, he received the Chevalier Dans lordre des Palms Academiques (French Decoration). He has also published widely on many aspects of military history and his books include The British Empire as a Superpower 1919-1939 (1986)Paths of Glory: The French Army, 1914-1918 (2005), The wave of French Decolonization, Warfare in Africa since 1950, France, Soldiers and Africa and Three Marshals of France.
"[an] engaging study... provides a considerable amount of detail" - Military Illustrated, August 2006
"Anthony Clayton's book The British Officer: A History of the Regimental Officers of the British Army is fascinating and an informative history of the Regimental system and the British Officers who made it work....Anybody who wants to understand why the British Army is what it is today should read this book."
General the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank GCB LVO OBE
"This is a very interesting book that tackles in an informed and cogent fashion one of the key elements in fighting quality, and throws much light on the organisational culture of the British army."
Professor Jeremy Black, Exeter.
"This is precisely the kind of book that I like to see ... accessible, well-written, and relevant to the British Forces of today."
Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, Director, Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies
anyone with the slightest interest in the British Army especially Sandhurst cadets and up and coming NCOs should not be without a copy, as it makes fascinating reading
Michael D Booker
"Clayton's book is a useful starting point for any student of the British army and its leaders."
Keith Surridge, Independent Scholar
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