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The Resource Sickness, suffering, and the sword : the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815, Andrew Bamford ; foreword by Donald E. Graves

Sickness, suffering, and the sword : the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815, Andrew Bamford ; foreword by Donald E. Graves

Label
Sickness, suffering, and the sword : the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815
Title
Sickness, suffering, and the sword
Title remainder
the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815
Statement of responsibility
Andrew Bamford ; foreword by Donald E. Graves
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Although an army's success is often measured in battle outcomes, its victories depend on strengths that may be less obvious on the field. In Sickness, Suffering, and the Sword, military historian Andrew Bamford assesses the effectiveness of the British Army in sustained campaigning during the Napoleonic Wars. In the process, he offers a fresh and controversial look at Britains's military system, showing that success or failure on campaign rested on the day-to-day experiences of regimental units rather than the army as a whole. Bamford draws his title from the words of Captain Moyle Sherer, who during the winter of 1816-1817 wrote an account of his service during the Peninsular War: "My regiment has never been very roughly handled in the field ... But, alas! What between sickness, suffering, and the sword, few, very few of those men are now in existence." Bamford argues that those daily scourges of such often-ignored factors as noncombat deaths and equine strength and losses determined outcomes on the battlefield. In the nineteenth century, the British Army was a collection of regiments rather than a single unified body, and the regimental system bore the responsibility of supplying manpower on that field. Between 1808 and 1815, when Britain was fighting a global conflict far greater than its military capabilities, the system nearly collapsed. Only a few advantages narrowly outweighed the army's increasing inability to meet manpower requirements. This book examines those critical dynamics in Britain's major early-nineteenth-century campaigns: the Peninsular War (1808-1814), the Walcheren Expedition (1809), the American War (1812-1815), and the growing commitments in northern Europe from 1813 on. Drawn from primary documents, Bamford's statistical analysis compares the vast disparities between regiments and different theatres of war and complements recent studies of health and sickness in the British Army."--Publisher's website
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DLC
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1981-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bamford, Andrew
Dewey number
940.2/7420941
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DC232
LC item number
.B336 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Campaigns and commanders
Series volume
volume 37
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Wellington, Arthur Wellesley
  • Peninsular War, 1807-1814
  • Military morale
  • Warfare
  • History, 19th Century
  • Military Medicine
  • Military Personnel
  • United Kingdom
Label
Sickness, suffering, and the sword : the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815, Andrew Bamford ; foreword by Donald E. Graves
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The British Army and its campaigns -- Regimental identity and leadership -- The regimental system in practice -- The limits of the system -- Beyond the regiment -- Strategic consumption -- Beasts of burden -- Conclusion : a system reassessed -- Appendix 1. Details of data sample -- Appendix 2. Men returned as sick after the Corunna campaign -- Appendix 3. Sample of returned deserters in the peninsula
Control code
814707449
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780806143439
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012044494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)814707449
Label
Sickness, suffering, and the sword : the British regiment on campaign, 1808-1815, Andrew Bamford ; foreword by Donald E. Graves
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
The British Army and its campaigns -- Regimental identity and leadership -- The regimental system in practice -- The limits of the system -- Beyond the regiment -- Strategic consumption -- Beasts of burden -- Conclusion : a system reassessed -- Appendix 1. Details of data sample -- Appendix 2. Men returned as sick after the Corunna campaign -- Appendix 3. Sample of returned deserters in the peninsula
Control code
814707449
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 360 pages
Isbn
9780806143439
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012044494
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)814707449

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