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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2020 4:18 p.m. PST

… in Flanders 1793-1795

"Apart from the nursery rhyme ‘The Grand Old Duke of York', Britain's war against Revolutionary France is today a largely forgotten prelude to the Napoleonic Wars. The campaign in Flanders was Britain's attempt to stem the power of the new republic as it threatened to engulf its neighbours, but it was to end in disaster. This is the first account of this intensive campaign written in modern times; chronicling the many battles as the varying fortunes of the combatants saw their armies march to and fro across the fields of Flanders. A weak and ill-equipped army led by the Duke of York struggled daily with the terrain and climate of the Low Countries as well as the competing aims of its allies and the unrealistic expectations of its government. This book details the numerous major battles of the campaign and the unravelling of the First Coalition using British, French and German sources."


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Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP26 Sep 2020 12:04 p.m. PST

Another one for the unending list… :-)

Handlebarbleep27 Sep 2020 3:37 a.m. PST

This campaign had a profound effect on the operations of the British Army throughout the wars. Bouts of "Walcheren Fever" are repeated in many memoires, and when one remembers that on campaign sickness invariably caused more losses and absence than enemy action.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2020 9:06 a.m. PST

The British failures in Flanders in 1793-1795 as well as in Holland in 1799 were indicative that the British army was not well led and was not trained or structured to fight a modern war.

Those failures definitely led to the reforms of Sir John Moore and others.

MithradatesVI27 Sep 2020 3:49 p.m. PST

As I recall, the future Duke of Wellington served in this campaign as a colonel. When asked years later if he had learned anything from it, he replied "I learned what not to do, which is something I suppose"

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Sep 2020 4:12 p.m. PST



Green Tiger28 Sep 2020 3:34 a.m. PST

An amazing book – you should all rush out and buy it!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2020 3:33 p.m. PST



von Winterfeldt28 Sep 2020 11:27 p.m. PST

not available on Amazon at the moment, like to buy a kindle version.

Green Tiger29 Sep 2020 4:05 a.m. PST

von Winterfeldt- You can buy direct from Helion but I don't think they do Kindle versions.

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